Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Program

Whittaker Farm Road – before
Whittaker Farm Road – after

Program Information

The Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Program began in 1997 from an initiative by Trout Unlimited in conjunction with Penn State University’s Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads, the State Conservation Commission and local Conservation Districts. The goal of the program is to reduce pollution to nearby streams while improving the rural road network. One of the qualification requirements of the Program is to direct funding to “worksites” where road runoff is affecting water quality of the nearby stream.

Eligibility Requirements

Public entities that own public roads in Pennsylvania that are open to public vehicle traffic are eligible to apply to districts for Program funding.  Eligible entities include municipalities, PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT), PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, County and other Government entities and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

The person who is in charge of the work plan development as well as project implementation from the entity that applied for funds must have attended environmentally sensitive maintenance (ESM) training within the past five calendar years to become ESM certified.

For more information regarding the Program, please contact the District at 570-226-8220. Additional information can also be found by visiting the PennState Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies website.

Additional Resources

2020 Virtual Road Maintenance Workshop

DGLVR Podcast Episode

Past Project Highlights 


Public Notice

Pike County Conservation District Quality Assurance Board Meeting for June 3, 2022.

The Pike County Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program Quality Assurance Board will be holding a meeting at 9:00 am on June 4, 2022. The meeting will be held at the Pike County Conservation District office, located at 556 Route 402, Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania. Additional information, including an agenda, can be found on our website: www.pikeconservation.org. The public is welcome to attend.

Ellen Enslin, Program Manager

Pike County Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road (DGLVR) Quality Assurance Board Meeting

June 3, 2022

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Proposed Agenda:

  • Review/Approve September 9, 2021, Quality Assurance Board meeting minutes
  • Discussion: Active/completed project updates, ESM Trainings, etc.
  • Stream Crossing Policy, DGLVR Stream Crossing Design & Installation Standard, Stream Crossing Replacement Technical Manual
  • Review District Policies
  • Review submitted DGLVR Applications
    • Depending on number of applications site visits will be completed.
    • If site visits are not feasible, photographs/videos will be presented.
  • Rank applications using Prioritization Form