Plant & Fish Sales Updates!

Afternoon friends!
Just wanted to let everyone know that for the time being the USDA/District office is closed to the public.

We are still planning for our Plant Sale and Trout Sales to go on. We are offering small edibles, locally grown apple trees, other fruit trees, bushes, locally grown perennials, herbs, and annuals. While we have no way of knowing what will be happening come May 9th, we are encouraging you to place PRE-ORDERS. Any customers with pre orders will be contacted with protocols for picking up their orders that ensure safe distancing and hygiene. Worse case scenario we would have to cancel the cash and carry aspect of our sale.
For more information on our sale or to request an order form, please email amy.polyot@penobscotswcd.org
Thank you and stay safe friends! We will continue to update you.
Everyone at the Penobscot County SWCD

BASIC SEPTIC SYSTEM INSTALLERS WORKSHOP

BASIC SEPTIC SYSTEM INSTALLERS WORKSHOP

March 4, 2020      8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

USDA Service Center – 1423 Broadway, Bangor, Maine

Glenn Angell, Retired State Site Evaluator and Dave Rocque, State Soil Scientist, have many years of experience to share, as licensed site evaluators.  Hear what they have learned over the years and improve your knowledge of septic systems.

Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District is offering a septic system installation workshop designed for Contractors, Local Plumbing Inspectors and Site Evaluators. This training qualifies for continuing education credits for Site Evaluators, L.P.I.’s, inspectors, and contractors (for both septic system installation and soil erosion & sediment control). Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.  For contractors, this workshop qualifies as the course required for voluntary certification (certification is contingent upon satisfactory inspection of two septic systems by an LPI after completion of the course).

 

Topics include: Revisions to the SSWWD Rules, erosion/sediment control (what, where, when and who), what causes failures and how to avoid them, inspections which can hold up things, the interchangeability of disposal field devices, installer liability, reading and understanding the HHE-200 Form, how water moves into and through the soil, septic system hydrology issues, fill extension retaining walls, backfill specifications and history, installing septic system force mains through wetlands, force main stream crossings, septic system related well contamination case studies, Natural Resources Protection Act and Mandatory Shoreland Zoning issues you should know. Must pre-register.

Tentative Agenda

8:30                Registration and Overview

9:00                Update on 2015 SSWWD Rule Revisions

9:30                Issues for Installers including: HHE 200 “gotcha’s”

10:45                Break

11:00                What Installers Should Know About Soils and Hydrology to Install Long Lasting Septic Systems

12:30                Lunch (Lunch will be provided)

1:15                What Septic System Installers Should Know About Wetland and Waterbody Regulations in The SSWWD Rules

2:00                Disposal System Issues:* The LPI Inspection, * Device Issues, * Installer Certification

3:15                Break

3:30                Septic System Failures

4:30                Fill out evaluation forms

Send registration to: PCSWCD 1423 Broadway Suite 2, Bangor, Maine 04401    For questions call (207) 947-6622 Ext. 3

Price is $80.00 if pre-registered by 2/28/2020, after the pre-registration it will be $90.00

 

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Penobscot County Local Work Group Meeting January 23, 2018

Penobscot County Local Work Group Meeting

Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 10am

Penobscot County USDA Service Center

1423 Broadway, Bangor, Maine 04401

The meeting will be hosted by the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Local Working Group is composed of those interested in agriculture, private forests, wetlands, and wildlife within Penobscot County. The group provides information, assistance, and recommendations to the District Conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on local natural resource priorities and criteria for matters relating to the implementation and technical aspects of conservation programs funded under the USDA Farm Bill.

On behalf of the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, we hope you will be able to attend this meeting.

Part of this meeting will also include a presentation:

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: Pollinators in Maine Agriculture

NRCS Partner Biologist and Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist Eric Venturini will give an overview of the Xerces Society, the status of pollinators in Maine, the role of the NRCS in pollinator conservation, and the importance of native pollinators to Maine agriculture.