SV Watershed to host DEP official on Monday

LOGANTON — Ever wonder what the Department of Environmental Protection does to protect our watersheds and communities?

At 7 p.m. Monday March 5, Jared Dressler, who has been with the DEP for 15 years and has been in the role of assistant regional director of the North-Central DEP Region since 2016, will explain the types of regulations that protect Big Fishing Creek and the aquifers that underlay our valleys. He will also discuss other DEP regulations that protect the health and wellness of our communities.

This program is coordinated by the Sugar Valley Watershed Association as part of their annual public meeting. The meeting will be held at the Greene Township Building at 688 East Valley Road just a few miles east of Loganton and will begin with the program by Dressler. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how DEP works and what they have jurisdiction over and what they don’t.

Dressler will describe the kinds of plans that anyone raising animals or poultry need to have in place and follow to be in compliance with regulations; what large farms with intensive feeding and farming need to do to be in compliance and the kinds of plans and activities that industries need to have and follow to be good stewards of our resources; to be good neighbors and to be in good standing with DEP.

With the help of Scott Koser of the Clinton County Conservation District, Dressler will identify the local resources that land owners can use to help to design the manure management plans or Erosion and Sediment Control Plans that may be required for their property. He will explain the process by which citizens can file a complaint if they are concerned about something in their community and will describe in general how complaints are handled.

As Assistant Regional Director, Dressler’s primary responsibilities include the day-to-day oversight of emergency response and energy and pollution reduction programs as well as being the complaints coordinator. He is responsible for the coordination of large or special projects. He also monitors permitting, compliance and enforcement for the region. When he is not in his official role he might be found in the woods trail running with the members of his family or casting a line into Fishing Creek hoping for a trout to rise.

Following the DEP program the Sugar Valley Watershed Association will conduct their monthly meeting which will include the annual election of board members.

The Sugar Valley Watershed Association is a 501 c (3) Non-profit Corporation with a mission to protect Fishing Creek. Anyone interested in the well-being of Fishing Creek is encouraged to attend and to become a member of the organization.