Spotlight: Bucks County Conservation District 60th Anniversary

    Two thousand twenty-one will mark the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) 60th anniversary serving the residents of Bucks County.

    BCCD’s mission is “to provide for the wise use, management and development of the county’s soil, water and related natural resources. This is accomplished with the cooperation of public agencies, private groups and individuals.” BCCD was formed by the County Board of Commissioners on April 24th, 1961.

    BCCD is delegated by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to enforce PA Code Title 25 Chapter 102 in which earth disturbance projects are required to install and maintain practices to prevent soil particles from leaving the disturbed area and polluting our waterways.

    BCCD is aiding Bucks County’s economic recovery by maintaining plan review and construction inspection activities throughout the pandemic. Starting January 25th, 2021 the BCCD will also begin receiving General NPDES permit applications through PADEP’s new Chapter 102 e-permitting system.

    In addition to its regulatory role in construction activities, the BCCD is an agricultural assistance provider to Bucks County’s landowners and producers. In 2020 BCCD was awarded USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service funding which enabled the District to hire a second Agricultural Conservation Technician, doubling its agriculture staff. This has empowered BCCD to better support agricultural producers in planning and implementing conservation practices. The BCCD agricultural team was recently awarded approximately $300,000 in PADEP Growing Greener funds to work on concentrated equine operations in the Neshaminy Creek watershed, which will ultimately protect water quality for thousands of residents downstream.

    Watershed management is another aspect of the BCCD’s mission in its efforts to promote the wise management of the county’s natural resources. BCCD’s watershed program was recently awarded $1.3M in funding to restore the Lake Luxembourg Conservation Pool and establish seven acres of wetland. BCCD hopes to achieve lasting water quality improvements in Lake Luxembourg and Core Creek through this project, which has been over 25 years in the making.

    BCCD also administers the Pennsylvania Dirt & Gravel Low Volume Roads programs which assist municipalities in funding and implementing road projects that will improve water quality along both gravel roadways and roads with low traffic volumes. BCCD is awarded approximately $290,000/year to award to qualified municipalities for these projects.

    The BCCD administers several other programs on behalf of the Commonwealth for the benefit of Bucks County residents and the protection of our natural resources. For more information on the BCCD, or any of its various programs, visit or find them on Facebook.

    PHOTO CAP: Jason Maurer and Rachel Onuska of the BCCD conduct a macroinvertebrate survey on the Poquessing Creek.

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