Wayne Conservation District

Wayne Conservation District

The District provides a myriad of services and programs. The document below provides a summary of the Conservation District. Get the details from the Wayne Conservation District Service Brochure

If you have any questions please contact our office:

Jamie Knecht – District Manager (jknecht@waynecountypa.gov)

Sylvia Thompson – Fiscal Coordinator (sthompson@waynecountypa.gov)

David Mitchell – Resource Conservationist (dmitchell@waynecountypa.gov)

Mikyla Pigeon – Resource Conservationist (mpigeon@waynecountypa.gov)

Kelley Stewart – Forest Specialist (kstewart@waynecountypa.gov)

Zachary Jones – Nutrient Management Specialist (zjones@waynecountypa.gov)

Colleen Campion – Watershed Specialist (ccampion@waynecountypa.gov)

Erosion & Sediment Control

Sediment pollution is the number one pollutant, by volume, nationwide. Small soil particles carry nutrients, pesticides and other material to streams and watercourses. Without proper erosion control checking this pollutant our streams, rivers and lakes will be degraded. The Wayne Conservation District has delegated authority from the state to oversee the erosion control program in Wayne County. Basically any site that has earthmoving occurring on it requires the development of an Erosion Control Plan. Some of the District activities in this program are:

  • Aid in the development of Erosion & Sediment Control Plans.
    • Review of Erosion & Sediment Control Plans.
    • Handling complaints involving erosion and sediment pollution.
    • Inspection of earth disturbances.
    • Aid in permit processing.
    • Conservation Planning
    • Assistance on plan & design of erosion control facilities.
    • Information on storm water management.
    • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits for construction sites.
    • Wetland information Links to related information.

The links found below are related to the Erosion Control and Stormwater programs

PA Department of Environmental Protection

PA Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual

Chapter 102 Erosion Control Rules and Regulations

Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Manual

NPDES Stormwater Discharge Permit Information

Wayne Conservation District ESCP Review Fee Schedule 2016

DEP Permit Decision Guarantee Guidance and SOPs

Small Project Erosion Control Guide – for small sites with minimal impact

PA General Permits


Manure Management

Every farm in Pennsylvania that land applies manure or agricultural process wastewater (generated on the farm or received from an importer), regardless of size, is required to have and implement a written Manure Management Plan. This includes manure and agricultural process wastewater application by various types of equipment and/or direct application of manure by animals on pastures and in Animal Concentration Areas (ACAs). In other words, farms that do not mechanically apply manure but which do have pastures or ACAs still need a manure management plan.

The links below are to information regarding Manure Management Planning.

If you have any questions or need assistance with a Manure Management Plan, please feel free to contact the Wayne Conservation District at 648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431, Telephone 570-253-0930.

Links to Information

Manure Management Plan Workbook

PA One Stop – Mapping Program

PA Nutrient Management Website


Nutrient Management Program

A nutrient management plan should be implemented for any farm in operation. Nutrient management seeks to balance nutrient application and crop removal of nutrients, while attempting to prevent excess nutrient runoff from entering groundwater and waterways.   Voluntary nutrient management plans can help all farmers manage nutrients, improve farm profits, protect the environment, and provide some protection from liability.

The District is dedicated to helping farmers and landowners in preserving our natural resources for future generations in Wayne County. Below is a list of some of our Ag activities:

  • Information and education outreach
    •  Nutrient Management Plan development and review
    •  Complaint response and investigation
    •  Best management practices planning and implementation
    •  Compliance assistance

Nutrient Management Act 38-

The Wayne Conservation District has a Level II delegated agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection to participate in the Nutrient Management Program (Act 38).

The PA Nutrient Management Act Requires all concentrated animal operations (CAOs) or animal operations that have 2,000 pounds or 2.0 AEUs(AEU-1000 pounds of animal on a typical production day) per acre available for manure to develop and submit a nutrient management plan to the conservation district for review and approval.  Available acreage includes all rented and owned crop, hay and pasture land.   While farms classified as CAOs are required to have and implement nutrient management plans, all other farms are encouraged to voluntarily participate in the program.

Nutrient Management Website Links

http://panutrient mgmt.cas.psu.edu/

Penn State soil map site

NRCS Web Soil Survey


Forest land is a valuable natural asset. The land has the potential to provide periodic income, recreational enjoyment, aesthetics and improved habitat for wildlife. The Wayne Conservation District can help you reach your short & long term goals on your forest land. Some of the information provided to Wayne County residents include:

  • Maintaining Forest Health
    • Tree Planting
    • Timber Stand Improvement
    • Forest Insect and Disease Identification & Control.
    • Current list of Loggers, Sawmills and Consultants for the area Christmas Tree Management.
    • Erosion & Sediment Control in woodlands.
    • Timber Harvesting Considerations.
    • Forest & Wildlife Management.
    • American Tree Farm System
    • Seedling Sale.