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BMP Portfolio Highlights County Projects

The Westmoreland Conservation District is excited to showcase its online BMP Portfolio (click here). The portfolio highlights 25 different projects that are on the ground and working to benefit water quality in the county. Visitors can read about best management practices for stormwater management, watershed restoration, dirt and gravel roads, and agriculture, and can view striking photos of these projects.

The portfolio is a living document and will be updated as more projects are completed throughout the county. The District hopes that visitors to the site will be inspired by the projects and choose to adopt some of the best management practices highlighted in the portfolio.

This project was funded by a PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education grant.

 

Cover for web“On Solid Ground” is Now On the Web

The District’s 2014 annual report, “On Solid Ground,” is making its debut on our website this year.  You can read it here now, at the same time that the paper copies are being printed.  We expect that hard copies of the annual report will be making their way to many of your mailboxes in the next few weeks.
If you don’t receive one, but would like to, contact us after July 15 at receptionist@wcdpa.com

Homeowner's Stormwater Guide CoverThe Southwesten Pennsylvania’s Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater is now available (click here).  The guide shows homeowners how to assess stormwater on their property and takes them through the steps to develop their own stormwater management plan.  The Westmoreland Conservation District, Allegheny County Conservation District, Westmoreland County Planning Department, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Penn State Extension worked to adapt an existing guide for Lancaster County for southwestern PA.  This new guide was made possible through a grant from the Water Resources Education Network to the Penn’s Corner Conservancy and Charitable Trust.  Limited hard copies of the guide are available.  For more information, contact Jen Novak at 724-837-5271.

2013 Westmoreland Conservation District Audit

As mentioned in our current annual report, the District’s 2013 was delayed due to the District’s board decision to bring the process into compliance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 34.
GASB contends that separate accounting and financial reporting standards are essential for governments because they operate differently from business enterprises.
Although conservation districts are quasi-governmental agencies and, in Pennsylvania, are not required to implement GASB 34 as long as it is addressed within their audit, the district board voted to adopt this accounting method, beginning with the 2013 audit, which was done by Delisi, Keenan & Associates, P.C.  That accounting firm’s Financial Analysis of the District as a Whole can be viewed here.

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