A Message From the Manager
What's Current in Conservation ?
Whatís new in conservation for 2011? Everyone seems to ask me this question when Iím at local meetings or talking with associates. Here are some current conservation issues.
Foremost, the economic crisis has significantly impacted development; there is a big slowdown in residential and industrial land development. But plans for infrastructure projects involving roads, bridges, and utilities continue coming in for review. Also we expect more activity in reclaiming former mine lands and addressing mining related water issues since there has been a significant increase in funding for those programs. A new federal Farm Bill promises significant funding for landowners for erosion control, water quality, waste management, forestry and wildlife.
As always, the District is working with education. The watershed specialist focuses efforts with school students, teachers, scouts, and watershed groups. Charlie Miller works with farmers eager to learn about soils, pasture management and no till. Technician Matechak works to educate township supervisors, engineers, earthmoving contractors.
Finally, with an economic slowdown comes lower tax revenue which will undoubtedly result in cuts to some State and local programs. Hopefully the political leaders will needed services to the citizens, landowners, and municipal governments of Lackawanna County.