Ronald J Rohall webRon Rohall Appointed to State Conservation Commission

Congratulations to Ron Rohall, chairman of the District Board of Directors, on his recent gubernatorial appointment to the State Conservation Commission.

Ron will serve a four-year term on the 14-member commission, whose primary mission is to ensure the wise use of Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

The commission provides support and oversight to Pennsylvania’s 66 county conservation districts, including the Westmoreland Conservation District.

Rohall has been active for many years as a volunteer with the State Conservation Commission, as well as with the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.  He has been a volunteer with the Westmoreland District for more than 20 years.

The 2015 Envirothon was held on April 27th at Twin Lakes Park.

This year, 16 teams from 8 area schools participated in the event.

 Burrell High School

Franklin-Regional High School

Greater Latrobe High School

Greensburg Central Catholic High School

Mount Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School

Norwin High School

Southmoreland High School

Yough Senior High School

 For the second year in a row, Norwin High School will represent Westmoreland County at the PA Envirothon on May 19th and 20th at the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown.

 2015 Envirothon First Place Norwin 1s HPNorwin High School First Place Team: (L to R) Lauren Kratzenberg, Maggie Lyons, Joyce Muchoney (team advisor) Brooke Blatney, Rachael Bindas, Caity Pietrusza

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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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