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ACCD Preserves 40th Farm in Allegheny County

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) and the Allegheny County Agriculture Lands Preservation Board (ACALPB) are proud to announce the preservation of the Dillner Family Farm in West Deer Township.

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Spotted Lanternfly: What You Need to Know

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive species native to Asia, feeds on 70+ plants, including timber and agricultural products, causing substantial economic damage across the state and mid-Atlantic.

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ACCD to Install Rain Garden in Findlay Township

ACCD will install a 3,000 square foot rain garden and bioswale at the Findlay Township Activity Center in Imperial with funding from PA Department of Environmental Protection's Growing Greener Grant.

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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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It's Winter: Critters Take Cover

What happens to fish and other aquatic organisms during winter? These creatures have come up with several adjustments to meet the challenges of cold weather.

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Do Fish a Favor: Stop Salting Your Sidewalks

While rock salt reduces winter road accidents, it also has serious, negative effects on aquatic ecosystems. At high concentrations, salt can be fatal to some aquatic animals.

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A Flooding Fix for Monroeville Public Library

Allegheny County Conservation District recently completed the installation of stormwater best management practices at the Monroeville Public Library. The library frequently flooded during rain events when water came through the entrance doors.

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How Fish are Making a Comeback in Montour Run

Montour Run has long been identified as having impaired water quality. Organizations have been working to improve this watershed for over 20 years. Read the latest on conditions in the watershed.

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Wildflower Meadow and Rain Garden Coming to Boyce Park

A native wildflower meadow and rain garden were completed at Boyce Park's Four Seasons Lodge in fall 2021 with funding from PA DEP's Growing Greener Grant awarded to Allegheny County Conservation District in partnership with Allegheny County Parks Department.

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Leaves Aren't Litter

The practice of collecting fallen leaves and putting them in garbage bags is a waste of resources - both on behalf of homeowners and the environment. Using leaves as a resource rather than spending energy to haul them away will benefit your wallet, your yard and the environment.

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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. Although most of the pools will be dried up and gone by mid-summer, their protected waters and the surrounding

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