2016 Participating Municipalities
East Bethlehem Township
Long Branch Borough
Mount Pleasant Township
West Bethlehem Township
West Pike Run Township
Typical Project Lifecycle
1. Locate potential project.
2. Site visit with District.
3. Submit application to District.
4. If funded, enter into contract.
5. Acquire any necessary permits and permission.
6. Perform, or have contractor perform work.
7. Final site inspection with District.
Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program (DGLVR)
The Washington County Conservation District (District) will annually receive approximately $500,000 from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission to help Washington County public road-owning entities maintain their dirt, gravel and low volume roads. This program is called the Pennsylvania Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program (Program). The purpose of the Program is to create a better public road system with a reduced environmental impact. Sediment is the largest pollutant by volume to the waters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Program focuses on “Environmentally Sensitive Road Maintenance Practices” that reduce the impact of road runoff and sediment to local streams, while reducing long term road maintenance costs. Any state or local public entity that owns and maintains public roads is eligible to apply for Program Funding. The majority of applicants are townships, but other entities such as boroughs, cities, counties, PA Game Commission, PennDOT, PA Fish and Boat Commission, and others are eligible to apply. Over 2,000 worksites in Pennsylvania have been funded through the Program. Forty-eight Program worksites have been completed in Washington County. Applicants are encouraged to work closely with the District, starting with a pre-application meeting. A successful applicant will enter into a contract with the District to complete project work. Applicants can complete project work themselves, or by hiring contractors.
The District has no deadline for application submittal at this time; however, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. If your municipality has dirt, gravel and/or low volume roads and you are not sure if they are eligible, please contact the District. A staff member from the District will meet with you to assess any potential worksite. In-kind contributions are accepted, however, monetary contributions from the public road-owning entity are not required. If a municipality wishes to participate in the Program, a two-day Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) training is required. The public road-owning entity employee that is directly responsible for road maintenance must be the individual that attends the ESM training to receive certification.
Mandatory ESM Training
To be eligible for Program Funding, at least one representative from a municipality must attend the two-day ESM training every 5 years. The municipal employee that is directly responsible for road maintenance must be the individual that attends ESM training to receive certification. ESM training is free of cost to public road-owning entity employees.