An economically important program at the District is permitting. Pennsylvania Chapter 102/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is the program in which permits are issued through the District office. Keeping permitting at the local level ensures that applications are processed in a timely manner, allowing important development projects to move forward on schedule, which drives sustained economic development in the county.
Pennsylvania Chapter 105 (Water Obstruction & Encroachments) is administered by the PA Department of Environmental Protection's Northwest Regional Office.
The district office does not administer any programs associated with stormwater, drinking water, or sewage.
Chapter 105 permit applications are for activities that may impact a waterway such as a stream, wetland, floodway, or other body of water. This is crucial to ensure that projects do not have negative impacts on waterways while reducing flood risk.
Click here to review the DEP Chapter 105 Permit Fee Calculation Worksheet.
Permits can be submitted online through the DEP E-Permitting System.File an Electronic Permit
Currently, the Indiana County Conservation District is not delegated to administer any programs related to stormwater management. Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) reviews are conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection. Other questions or complaints regarding stormwater issues should be directed to your local municipality.
The Indiana County Office of Planning and Development completed a Phase 1 Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan - Scope of Study. This study can be referenced by clicking here.
Additional information about Pennsylvania's Stormwater Management Act of 1978 (Act 167) can be viewed by clicking here.
Ponds that may not require DEP permits include the following general conditions (before constructing a pond, you should reach out to your regional DEP office to confirm permit requirements):
NOTE that even if a DEP permit is not required, Federal Authorization for a dam may still be a requirement before construction can occur.
For questions regarding pond management, please utilize the resources below or reach out to your local Penn State Extension or USDA NRCS offices.