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  • 30 Nov 2016 10:38 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors and the American Association for Geodetic Surveying has sign Articles of Affiliation, joining together with mutual understanding and purpose.

    Click here to see the Affiliation Agreement

  • 28 Nov 2016 1:08 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    Andrew "Andy" S. Temmel, 65, of Saylorsburg, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016 in his home. Andrew was a member of The Lehigh Valley chapter of PSLS since 1985.  

    Click here for the complete obituary.

  • 28 Nov 2016 8:33 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    New Interactive Map Makes Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit Process Easier for Local Governments 


    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a new geospatial information system (GIS) mapping website to help local governments and other entities pursuing permits for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to obtain information for their permit applications more easily.

    Municipalities in an urbanized area (as determined by the latest Decennial Census by the U.S. Census Bureau) must obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit coverage or a waiver for stormwater discharges from their MS4. 

    Small MS4s are required to develop and implement DEP-specified pollution reduction plans for most discharges to streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds that have been identified as impaired by the DEP Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report.

    The new MS4 requirements GIS website gives municipalities with regulated small MS4s an interactive, georeferenced map that visually integrates urbanized areas, waterways flowing through and near those areas, and pollutant reduction responsibilities that municipalities may need to address for waterways that are impaired and receive stormwater discharges from their MS4s.

    The new MS4 GIS website is a great supplement to the MS4 Requirements Table of the specific requirements for the MS4 application.

    To view the image that accompanies this press release, click here.


  • 02 Nov 2016 11:08 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    David was a Professional Land Surveyor since 1977. He was a member of PSLS from 1980 to 2000, (David renewed his membership this past summer), during which time he was an active board member of the Southwest Chapter. He served as Chapter President in the late 1990s. 

    Click here for the complete obituary and an opportunity to offer your condolences to his family.

    PSLS offers our sincere condolences.


  • 12 Oct 2016 4:29 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    NSPS
    The National Society of Professional Surveyors recently signed Articles of Affiliation with the NSPS Young Surveyors Network, and a mutual statement of agreement with the United States Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD). The affiliation document with YSN documents the organizations' mutual obligations and responsibilities, results in an advisory seat for YSN on the NSPS Board for Directors. The MOU with USBID acknowledges a commitment to work collectively on issues related to education, development of products, political activities, and promotion of the respective organizations.


  • 28 Sep 2016 9:51 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    PennDOT’s Photogrammetry and Surveys Section maintains a website called PennDOT Photogrammetry Assets Management System www.penndotpams.org which contains PennDOT permanent ground control, occupied NGS control used during bridge and highway project surveys, and photo footprints of aerial photography projects.

    PennDOT’s Photogrammetry and Surveys Section would appreciate you taking the time to complete a survey using the link below:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PennDOT_PAMS



  • 26 Sep 2016 9:19 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)
    ESE Consultants of Columbia, MD reported the theft of Surveying equipment The equipment was recently stolen from storage in Horsham, PA .  Below is a list of the items stolen.  If you have any information on this, please contact Michael Boyceat mboyce@eseeng.com.  

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro base serial number 309-0133

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro rover serial number 326-0185

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro base serial number 309-0447

    Topcon GPS  Hi-Per Pro rover serial number 326-0499

    Topcon robot GPT-8003A serial number YN0351

    Topcon robot GPT-2003 serial number VS0322


  • 12 Sep 2016 10:31 AM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    The Reading Chapter hosted its annual Golf Outing on September 9 at Chapel Hills Golf Course.  52 players, 1 organizer, 5 volunteers, and 1 fan came together in laughter and competitiveness.  Check out the pitures at https://flic.kr/s/aHskGNhCNX.


  • 05 Aug 2016 2:39 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Interested in learning more about excavation safety or how to properly mark your underground lines? Join us for these upcoming no-cost programs located in your area. Click on any of the links below to register today.

    Learn and review excavator responsibilities under PA Act 287 at an interactive Excavator Program:

     Familiarize yourself with the definitions and terminology used in PA Act 287, how to respond through the Karl automated system, and how to properly mark your underground lines during a Locator Program:

    Learn about safe digging practices through numerous educational sessions during our annual PA Safety Days:

    Visit our events calendar to see all dates and locations.


  • 13 Jul 2016 3:04 PM | Laurie Troutman (Administrator)

    Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Labor & Industry
    Launch Pa. Outdoor Corps Employment Program

    Lewisberry, York County, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino, other state officials, and representatives of the Student Conservation Association in launching the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps at Gifford Pinchot State Park, near Lewisberry, York County. 

    The new Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is offering paid work experience, job training, and educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects at state parks, forestlands, and other Pennsylvania public lands.  A crew of 10 high school-age students from southcentral Pennsylvania began work Monday at Gifford Pinchot. 

    The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will help to protect and restore public lands and waters, while providing young people with the knowledge and expertise to be good stewards of our natural resources,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, speaking at a park trail site where the young crew was working. “This program will connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment and provide training in work skills necessary for future successful employment.” 

    The DCNR secretary noted the new program is a key element of the department’s Youth initiative -- one of six being pursued by DCNR “to position the department as a leader in areas that go far beyond the operation and stewardship of our state parks and forests. 

    “This youth employment and enrichment program is managed by DCNR in cooperation with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), with financial and program support provided by DCNR and the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry.” 

    Initial roll-out of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is financed through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Reemployment Fund. 

     “Labor & Industry is pleased to support the PA Outdoor Corps and to collaborate with our sister agency at DCNR,” said L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino. “Work experience for high school students is tantamount to later career success and we can’t think of a better way to experience working in Pennsylvania than through one of its state parks.” 

    SCA was chosen through a competitive bid process to manage day-to-day operations of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps. 

    In addition to safeguarding the state’s natural resources, the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will provide participants with empowering leadership and career tracks,” SCA Eastern Regional Vice President Christopher Jackson told the gathering. “The widespread benefits of this program will be felt for years to come, and SCA is delighted to be part of this important partnership.” 

    The statewide program will be based in state parks and forests locations in rural and urban locations in all regions of the state, particularly those areas within close proximity to disadvantaged communities and school districts. Crews will be dispatched within the region, working on public lands with resource and infrastructure project needs. Initial site locations are in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre and Johnstown. 

    While initially project work will be performed on state park and forestlands, DCNR aims to expand the corps work areas on a cost-share basis to local land managers with municipal and county parks and recreation departments in 2017. 

    The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of two components: a six-week, summer program for youth between the ages of 15-18; and a 10-month program for young adults ages 18-25, which will launch in early 2017. 

    The Outdoor Corps will tackle hands-on projects such as trail restoration, tree planting, light construction, shoreline restorations and invasive species management in state and local parks, state forests and other public lands, as well as undertake specialty projects in relation to recreation and conservation, which may include public outreach, research and assessments. 

    To oversee the program, DCNR appointed Scott Carney as Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps Coordinator. He joins the department with nearly 20 years of habitat management, project management and youth and partnership experience with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In addition, he has worked outside of government as an environmental consultant and project manager. 

    The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization. SCA seeks to conserve land and transform lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act and lead, while they protect and restore natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1957, its mission is to build future conservation leaders, and seven in 10 of SCA’s 80,000 alumni worldwide are employed or studying in conservation-related fields.  For more information: www.thesca.org. 

    For more details on Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps: www.outdoorcorps.dcnr.pa.gov


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