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ACCD Unveils Insights into County Development and Stormwater Infrastructure

ACCD Unveils Insights into County Development and Stormwater Infrastructure

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) has released comprehensive data on county development patterns, accompanied by mapped locations of existing stormwater infrastructure.

Are These Invasive Plants in Your Yard?

Are These Invasive Plants in Your Yard?

Invasive plants are common in Allegheny County and outcompete native species, reducing diversity and harming ecosystems. Learn to spot these invasive shrubs in your own yard.

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Digging Deeper: Unearthing the Importance of Soil Lead Screening

Digging Deeper: Unearthing the Importance of Soil Lead Screening

While often overlooked in urban environments, soil plays a central role in the functioning of healthy towns and cities. The Urban Soils Program focuses on lead and contaminant research, soil screening outreach and grower technical assistance.

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Allegheny County Student Wins State Conservation Contest

Allegheny County Student Wins State Conservation Contest

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) is pleased to announce that Pine Richland student Alekhya Doddapaneni won the statewide One Water Poster Contest sponsored by Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD).

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Spotted Lanternflies: Do You Need a Permit?

Spotted Lanternflies: Do You Need a Permit?

Transportation by human activity is the main reason SLF populations have not been contained. Learn more about quarantine zones, and find out if your business requires a permit.

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Safe Roads and Healthy Streams: Detroit Avenue

Safe Roads and Healthy Streams: Detroit Avenue

In 2019, a landslide occurred on Detroit Avenue in a steep corner of Glassport Borough. This event contaminated nearby streams, created hazardous road conditions and impacted residents' access to services.

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Thomas Jefferson High School Wins Allegheny County Envirothon

Thomas Jefferson High School Wins Allegheny County Envirothon

Thomas Jefferson High School students won first place at the Allegheny County Envirothon on April 28, 2023, and will compete in the statewide environmental competition in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

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One Water: 2023 Conservation Poster Contest

One Water: 2023 Conservation Poster Contest

The NACD poster contest, open to students in grades K-12, offers young people an opportunity to express their views on natural resource issues through the medium of art.

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Allegheny County Conservation District Announces New Grant Program for Farmers

Allegheny County Conservation District Announces New Grant Program for Farmers

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) announced $830,000 in grants to farms to prevent pollution in Allegheny County over the next three years.

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The Next Generation: Inspiring Environmental Leadership Through Competition

The Next Generation: Inspiring Environmental Leadership Through Competition

ACCD is cultivating the next generation of environmental leaders through a hands-on education event dating back to 1979.

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Understanding Vernal Pools

Understanding Vernal Pools

Each year, spring rain and snow melt fill up seasonal or vernal pools. These pools provide a unique habitat for many salamanders, frogs, crustaceans and insects to mate and lay their eggs.

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ACCD Awards $56K to Lincoln Borough for Road and Stormwater Improvement

ACCD Awards $56K to Lincoln Borough for Road and Stormwater Improvement

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) awarded $56,580 to Lincoln Borough to repair Carothers Way and reduce stormwater impacts to Wiley Run through the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road (DGLVR) Program.

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ACCD Awards $220K to Repair Homewood Landslide

ACCD Awards $220K to Repair Homewood Landslide

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) awarded $220,000 to the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to stabilize a landslide and repair a degraded road in Homewood through the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road (DGLVR) Program.

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Benefits of Landscaping With Native Plants

Benefits of Landscaping With Native Plants

From construction sites to backyards, native plants are an effective and low-maintenance way to increase biodiversity, reduce stormwater and improve the environment.

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How Green Infrastructure Promotes Stormwater Infiltration

How Green Infrastructure Promotes Stormwater Infiltration

Stormwater begins as rain. When rain flows off the landscape, it becomes runoff that can negatively impact communities. To prevent this, stormwater needs to be managed, and one option is to infiltrate the water.

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Thinking About Backyard Chickens? What PA Law Requires

Thinking About Backyard Chickens? What PA Law Requires

Whether you're new to backyard chickens or an experienced owner, how you keep chickens and what you do with their manure affects local water quality. Manure management plays a critical role in protecting streams.

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