• 27 Feb 2017 2:37 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The National Geodetic Survey (NGS), through a series of both internal debates and external discussions with the Canadian Geodetic Survey, has finalized certain key decisions in the replacement of the three NAD 83 reference frames, and in the replacement of the various vertical datums of the NSRS. These decisions cover both the science and nomenclature of the changes coming in 2022.

    Click here for more information.

  • 06 Jan 2017 11:37 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    DEP Offers Funding for Stormwater Management Projects 

    Program to promote best management practices

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering grants up to $200,000 to local entities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for stormwater management projects that implement best management practices (BMP) to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment pollution in local waterways. 

    The program is available to counties, cities, boroughs, townships, incorporated towns and municipal authorities. Stormwater projects must be located in Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming and York counties. 

    “The department continues to work toward one of the top goals of this administration: improving local water quality and ultimately cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This grant program achieves that by offering financial assistance to local governments that share in that goal and they are encouraged to apply as we work together in this important environmental initiative.”

    Some examples of eligible projects include: raingardens, bio-swales, urban nutrient management/tree planting, vegetated open channels/roofs and wet ponds and wetland preservation. The projects can be located on public or private property.

    Applicants can be eligible for grants of up to $200,000, and no local matching funds are required. Funding for the projects is competitive and the department will apply a scoring system when awarding the grant money. The application must include a description of the project and timetable for the work. Grant applications are due by March 3, 2017. 

    Please visit for application instructions and eligibility. Other parties that wish to obtain funding for a stormwater project are encouraged to approach the eligible local entity where the project would be located and offer to assist with the project application and management.

    The grant program is federally funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the department.

    Grant monies will be awarded on September 1, 2017. 


  • 30 Nov 2016 10:38 AM | Office Manager (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 | Office Manager (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 | Office Manager (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 | Office Manager (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 | Office Manager (Administrator)

    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 | Office Manager (Administrator)

    PennDOT’s Photogrammetry and Surveys Section maintains a website called PennDOT Photogrammetry Assets Management System 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:

  • 26 Sep 2016 9:19 AM | Office Manager (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  

    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 | Office Manager (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

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