Serving Our County, Conserving Our Resources, Preserving Our Environment.
Agriculture assistance resources
There is assistance available for agriculture. Please find the Department of Agriculture’s resource page at https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Resources.aspx.
Gary Peacock, after 21 Years of Outstanding Service to York County, our “Original Watershed Specialist”, is Retiring! Congratulations Gary on a Job Well Done & Best Wishes for a Long, Healthy, Fantastic Retirement!
In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the York County Conservation District has implemented our Continuity of Operations Plan. Please check our website daily for any updates.
The Conservation Board made this decision to protect the safety of the public as well as district staff, as the numbers of coronavirus cases in York County continue to increase.
Effective June 22, 2020, the District Office located at 2401 Pleasant Valley Road is open to the public from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask and will be required to practice social distancing and have their temperature taken upon entering the building.
Staff will be visiting the office on an as-needed basis but will continue to work remotely as a general rule. Staff will have access to email and voice mail and will review your plans and permit applications and contact you regarding “next steps” in the process.
Please call ahead to pre-schedule any office meetings.
Plans will continue to be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis however the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has suspended the timeframes for providing permit decisions established in the Policy for Implementing the Department of Environmental Protection Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee. Please note applicants may experience delays in receiving permit decisions.
Act 38 Nutrient Management Plans will be reviewed according to the delegated time frames and procedures established by the State Conservation Commission. Final approvals will be completed by the District Board as delegated.
The District Ag staff will continue to assist agricultural cooperators with the development and implementation of plans and Best Management Practices (BMPs). Cooperators will be contacted by staff before any on farm visits are conducted and all staff will follow social distancing protocols.
The District E&S staff will continue to investigate complaints and conduct routine and follow-up site visits/inspections following social distancing protocols.
DEP will continue to respond in the field to environmental emergencies referred by Conservation Districts that present an immediate threat to public health and safety. Environmental emergencies and complaints during the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency can be reported to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at 1-800-541-2050.
Thank You for your patience during this difficult time and stay healthy!
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.