WCCD COVID-19 POLICY
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington County Conservation District will be operating under restricted procedures. We are open for limited business: answering the phones and emails, receiving plans and processing permits, but to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public, we are operating under restricted procedures.
We have cancelled or postponed all group meetings and trainings and we have limited public access to our office space. You may continue to drop off any documents for WCCD staff to review from 8am-4:30pm to a table in WCCD lobby.
Some staff will be working remotely from March 18th through May 26th but they will have access to email and voicemail and will review your documents and contact you regarding next steps in the process.
Information from DEP and WCCD
To limit exposure to and spread of the virus, DEP and WCCD are currently prioritizing field inspections that are critical to public health and safety. DEP and WCCD staff are working remotely, and responding to complaints related to issues critical to public health and safety. DEP will continue to respond in the field to environmental emergencies that present an immediate threat to public health and safety. Conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly evolving. DEP and WCCD are closely monitoring the situation and working to make the best decisions to protect public health and safety and the environment. As conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, it may become necessary for DEP to make operational changes to compensate.
Many industries in Pennsylvania have been ordered to suspend operations for the duration of the emergency declaration. For industries that can remain in operation the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania encourages operators of essential industries to employ social distancing practices and limiting activities as possible. All permittees and operators are expected to meet all terms and conditions of their environmental permits, including conditions applicable to cessation of operations. DEP and WCCD are committed to its mission of protecting public health and the environment and as such will continue to monitor these permitted facilities that have temporarily ceased operations.
Entities operating under a DEP permit that have ceased or suspended operations or construction, please refer to your permit terms and conditions, as they contain regulatory obligations and details regarding cessation or temporary stoppage of work. This includes, but is not limited to, Chapter 102 earth disturbance permits and Chapter 105 encroachment permits. Permittees or operators with questions about specific permit or operating conditions should contact the entities identified on their permit or cover letter. If a point of contact is not provided in the permit or cover letter, a current DEP directory can be found here: https://www.dep.pa.gov/About/Contact/Pages/default.aspx
In addition, DEP is suspending the timeframes for providing permit decisions established in the Policy for Implementing the Department of Environmental Protection Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee due to the office closures related to COVID-19. Please note that DEP and WCCD staff will continue to process received permit applications. However; due to operational conditions, applicants may experience delays receiving decisions. Applicants may also experience delays in receiving permit decisions where the applications are processed by County Conservation Districts. DEP will provide emergency authorizations for projects that are critical to public health and safety.
Penn State Extension Webinars on COVID-19 Stimulus Funding
The Penn State Extension has webinars for small business owners and the agricultural community on how to apply for stimulus funds. Please visit the website and search for "COVID-19 Stimulus Benefits" on the webinar list. All webinars are free to the public.
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2019 ANNUAL REPORT