Technical Assistance

Scientific

The Watershed Conservation Program provides technical expertise in identifying and treating all non-point source pollution types. Assistance with water quality and riparian area monitoring, macro-invertebrate sampling, habitat evaluations and monitoring protocol development is also available. Trained staff is available to serve on project steering and technical committees as well.

Education

Hands-on education is vital in helping the public understand the importance of clean water and healthy ecosystems in Pennsylvania. Watershed staff offers a variety of educational programs and in-field training opportunities for students ranging from daycare to graduate students. While in the field with WPC staff, students are able to see electrofishing demonstrations, search for freshwater mussels, learn the importance of riparian buffers and identify macro-invertebrates.

Educational training is offered on a variety of topics, so please contact the Watershed Conservation Program directly for details. Interested watershed organizations are also eligible for watershed education.

Project Analysis and Prioritization

The Watershed Conservation Program helps watershed groups seeking assistance with prioritizing projects, forming project partnerships or locating matching funds and services and determining how they fit into a particular project. Please contact the Watershed Conservation Program for more information.

We can assist with prioritizing projects by visiting project sites and contacting appropriate agencies or consulting personnel. Once a list of projects is developed and their priority has been established, it is necessary to match each project with the appropriate funding source. An important component of most funding proposals is the identification of matching funds or services a group will draw from to complete a project.

Nutrient Management Planning

The Watershed Conservation Program has a number of staff members who are certified to develop nutrient management plans through the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Program, visit http://panutrientmgmt.cas.psu.edu/.

Canoe Access Development Fund

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Canoe Access Development Fund helps to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation. The CADF operates by making modest grants for developing rustic access sites.

 

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