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County-wide Action Plan & Projects
An integral part of Pennsylvania’s Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan is the development of individual County Action Plans (CAPs). Throughout 2021, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission worked with consultant Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. (HRG) to develop Mifflin, Juniata, Dauphin, and Perry County-wide Action Plans. Meetings were held virtually each week between all of these entities and by the close of September, each County had an encompassing document that listed their priorities, target areas, and projections pertaining to Best Management Practices and Implementation objectives to reach pollution reduction goals at the local level. During the fourth quarter, these CAPs were submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for final review and consideration for block grant funding. The first round of Perry County’s goals and objectives were selected to be funded. These items were the purchase of an additional no-till drill, a cover crop incentive program, and the beginning phase of the Baken Creek Alternative Restoration Plan. These deliverables and funding streams began in the early spring of 2022 and will continue into the future. We are looking forward to continuing this effort to reduce water pollution in Perry County!
The Perry County Conservation District is pleased to announce that it has signed on to a delegation agreement with the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver the Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program (ACAP), a new state program being administered by the SCC in Pennsylvania. In fiscal year 2022-23, the SCC was provided a one-time allocation of $154 million under the newly created Clean Streams Fund to support development of the Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program (ACAP). These funds must be committed by December 31, 2024 and spent by December 31, 2026. The original source of funding is the federal American Rescue Plan Act. ACAP funds will be divided across Pennsylvania with Perry County set to receive a total of $3,046,968 over three years, which is the 13th highest allotment in the state.
This funding would be available for all farmers within the county to install agricultural best management practices identified in their Nutrient Management or Manure Management Plan and their Agriculture Erosion and Sediment Control Plan or NRCS Conservation Plan. The Conservation District is currently setting policy and guidelines for delivery of this funding.