PITTSBURGH (May 2, 2019) -- Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald recognized May 5 - 11 as “Conservation District Week” in support of Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) and Pennsylvania’s 66 conservation districts.

ACCD, formed in 1946, is one of the state’s largest conservation districts and is part of a national network of nearly 3,000 districts originally created in response to the 1930s Dust Bowl under former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s recommendation.

ACCD works to ensure the protection and sustainability of the county's soil and water resources via its agriculture, stormwater and watersheds programming. ACCD has state-delegated regulatory oversight and permitting authority for any development project that involves earth moving or waterway encroachment.

“Making smart natural resource and land use choices now is critical to protect human, economic and environmental health,” ACCD Executive Director Heather Manzo said. “By working together, we can create a region with an educated and engaged public, clean water and a sustainable future.”

In 2018 ACCD accomplished the following:

  • Free soil lead screenings: Over 1,600 free soil lead tests provided to individuals and nonprofits, representing a savings to those groups of over $45,000
  • Road improvement grants: $364,000 awarded to Allegheny County municipalities for dirt, gravel and low volume road improvement projects
  • Increased tree canopy: 500 trees planted along Allegheny County streams as riparian buffers to improve water quality with 1,000 more trees to be planted in 2019
  • Farmland preservation: 63-acres preserved in West Deer Township, bringing the county’s total preserved acreage to 3,630
  • Erosion and sediment pollution control: 203 permits administered for earth disturbance activities to protect waterways and communities from erosion and sediment pollution
  • Regional project funding: $100,000 awarded in Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Grants to Allegheny County nonprofits and municipalities

Conservation District Week will take place across the state to recognize the collective accomplishments of conservation districts in reducing pollution, restoring landscapes and protecting natural resources.

Find out more, attend a free soil lead screening or volunteer with ACCD by visiting


About Allegheny County Conservation District: ACCD, an urban conservation district, provides specific programming aimed at improving Allegheny County’s natural resources and reducing non-point source pollution through technical assistance, resources, leadership and enforcement.

Please Contact: Emma Grubbs
Communications Coordinator