2016 Annual Report Fall 2017 – Winter 2018 Newsletter Please scroll down the page for all of our upcoming activities, workshops & announcements!  

Thank you to Lee Irwin & Aquatic Resource Restoration Company for being our first Bald Eagle Platinum Level Envirothon Sponsor! We hope their tremendous generosity inspires others to support this outstanding environmental education program for York County students. Our 2018 sponsorship drive is going well. You can help make it better. Please take a look at this year’s sponsor letter and sponsor form and “Accept the Challenge!”






Tree Seedling Sale order form in PDF version is now available online under Seedling Sale tab.

ENVIROTHON 2018 has begun. Coaches – You should have already received your School Registration Confirmation from us. If you have not – Please contact us immediately. All 2018 Study Resources are now online. Click on Education/Envirothon in the drop down menu above and go to your appropriate grade level to find them. For more information please contact the Envirothon Coordinator at kyoung@yorkccd.org.

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is announcing a new program to register older, unpermitted water withdrawals and consumptive water uses in the Basin. Program Background.  In a recent study that compiled all available data to characterize Basin-wide water use and availability – http://www.srbc.net/planning/cwuas.htm , the Commission estimated that there are possibly more than 700 facilities exempt from regulatory oversight with an estimated water use of nearly one billion gallons per day. If accurate, this volume of water use is roughly equal to the total amount currently accounted for, and managed, by the Commission across the entire Basin.  With such large quantities in question, the Commission decided to develop a program that would close this significant knowledge gap regarding older, unpermitted water use to ensure the Commission’s ability to effectively manage the water resources of the Basin.

Under this new program, facility managers must register their grandfathered withdrawals and consumptive water uses by December 31, 2019, to preserve the facility’s exemption from any permit approval in the future.  The Commission is incentivizing early registration by offering a free registration period from January 1 through June 30, 2018, after which a $500 registration fee (July 1 through December 31, 2018) or $1,000 registration fee (all of 2019) will apply.  Additional information is available at our website www.srbc.net/grandfathering-registration.

A new publication, “Homeowners Guide to Stormwater BMP Maintenance”, has been developed by DEP and EPA for homeowners that may have Stormwater BMPs on their property. Click HERE to download PDF version.

A new resource, “Writing a Manure Management Plan for Pennsylvania Farmers and Property Owners” online course, is now available to assist farmers and land owners prepare and implement a Manure Management Plan for their operations.  For more information on Manure Management requirements click HERE



Enter our new Art Contest!    We are looking for artwork to put on our 2018 Certificates of Participation. Each year over 1,000 students are awarded these frameable certificates during our Envirothon awards ceremonies.


Any natural history subject (bird, mammal, insect, fish, reptile, amphibian, tree, shrub, flower or natural scene) will be considered, but the subject must be native to York County.

All artwork submitted – digitally or by mail – must be horizontal. The contest is open to adults & children. Chosen entries receive a 2018 Envirothon T-shirt and stadium blanket, in addition to having the artwork appear in upcoming issues of our newsletter – Conservation Horizons. No artwork will be returned and only chosen entries will be contacted. Deadline February 28, 2018


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Who are we?

The York County Conservation District is the county government office devoted to assisting residents with their natural resource and environmental concerns.

The District was founded in 1938 when 554 farmers signed a petition requesting assistance for protecting the natural resources of York County. Today, we not only assist farmers, but also all county residents, by promoting the maintenance, improvement and wise use of land, water, soil and other related natural resources within the County. We accomplish this mission through educational programs and the administration of laws and regulations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the State Conservation Commission.

Sixty six of Pennsylvania’s sixty seven counties have a Conservation District office responsible for advocating natural resource conservation. Since the beginning, the office has been directed by a board of citizens concerned about our County, State and Country. That local leadership continues today as we seek to work with landowners and our state and federal partners to protect and preserve York County’s natural resources

Our Vision

The York County Conservation District is committed to the improvement and protection of our environment and the wise use of our County’s diverse natural resources.

Our Mission

To achieve that vision, The York County Conservation District will be proactive providing conservation education, technical services, and financial assistance, in order to enable the citizens of York County be good stewards of our natural resources.

Our Motto

Serving our County, Conserving our resources, Preserving our environment.

Right To Know Policy

Check Acceptance Policy By using a check for payment for any product or service provided by the York County Conservation District you agree to the following terms: In the event your check is dishonored or returned for any reason, you authorize us to electronically (or by paper draft) re-present the check to your bank account for collection of the amount, plus any applicable fees as permitted by state law.