August 9, 2016

Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District Responds to Asian Longhorned Beetle Outbreak

The Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will continue to offer assistance to agencies, local governments and landowners with the ongoing efforts to eradicate the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) pest from Clermont County. It is a resource issue of utmost concern to the District.

Posted in: ALB
August 9, 2016

Clermont SWCD Offers Rain Barrels for Sale

rainbarrelRainwater collection is an age old technology that is gaining popularity. Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider installing a rain barrel.

  1. Most homeowners can save about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.
  2. Plants grow better in rain water than chlorinated water.
  3. You can use it to wash your dog.
  4. Rain barrels help reduce the volume of storm water runoff, which can help reduce drainage problems.
  5. Rain water is especially good for exotic plants inside your home.
  6. Save energy by decreasing the demand for tap water.
  7. No water spots when you wash your car. Rain water is soft and untreated.
  8. Wash off muddy boots and clean garden tools.
  9. Great for washing windows.
  10. You can paint your barrel so that it can match your house and landscaping.

The Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District is currently selling 50-gallon rain barrels for $80. The barrels come in granite and terra cotta colors and include a reversible planter lid that is decorative and functional. Click here for rain barrel specifications. If you are interested, call Clermont SWCD at 513-732-7075 ext. 2, or email ssteffensen@clermontcountyohio.gov.

Posted in: rain barrels
August 9, 2016

Clermont SWCD Newsletter Switching to Electronic Format

Conservation is a focus of all our programs at Clermont SWCD, including our quarterly newsletter! To save paper, we will be switching to an electronic format in 2016. Our last full print edition will be our Autumn 2016 newsletter. The Winter edition will be in an electronic format.

You can sign up to receive the electronic newsletter here, or simply call the office.  If you wish to continue receiving the printed version, please call us at 513-732-7075 ext. 2, or email ssteffensen@clermontcountyohio.gov.

Posted in: newsletter
August 9, 2016

Annual Meeting Slated for September 8th

Please save the date to help us celebrate another great year of conservation at our 73rd Annual Meeting Banquet. This year’s event will be held at the Clermont County Park District’s Pattison Park just west of Owensville on State Route 50. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. Election polls will remain open until 7:00 – one board supervisor will be elected.

Additional meeting information will be included in our autumn newsletter.

Posted in: Uncategorized
August 9, 2016

Found: Williamsburg High School Bell

BurgBell_16SLCWe’ve found some interesting stuff over the years of the Spring Litter Cleanup, but this year’s find may be the best. Two Western Brown students found the bell used by Williamsburg High School during football games when the Wildcats score a touchdown. The school was very happy to have the bell returned. So if you’re missing something, you may want to join us for the 2017 Spring Litter Cleanup!

 
 
 
 
 
 

August 9, 2016

Another Successful Spring Litter Clean-Up

SLC2016The East Fork Watershed Collaborative and Valley View Foundation are pleased to report that the 2016 Spring Litter Clean-Up for Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed was another great success! The event attracted 545 volunteers to clean up 13 sites across Clermont County and the East Fork, including 10 miles of riverbank and lake shoreline! Volunteers collectively cleared approximately six tons of trash and contributed over 1,462 hours of community service.

We truly appreciate the support from our event sponsors: the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors. The event was also supported with materials from Keep America Beautiful and with a Community Litter Grant provided by Ohio EPA.

Thank you also to our partnering agencies and organi­zations, including the Clermont Office of Environmental Quality, Clermont County Park District, Clermont Office of Public Information, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Divisions of Parks and Watercraft, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Friends of Stonelick State Park.

August 9, 2016

94 Schools Compete in Environmental Competition

FelicityEnvirothon2Greenville, OH – Competition was intense at Chenoweth Trails on April 26, 2016, as high school students from southwest Ohio met in the Area IV annual Envirothon. Students were tested on their environmental knowledge in five areas including aquatics, current environmental issues (CEI), forestry, soils and wildlife. The CEI this year focused on invasive species which really hits home with the amount of tree loss southwest Ohio has endured due to the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle (not to mention the issues with honeysuckle infestations).

CNE and Felicity high schools fielded three teams each for Clermont County.

Sponsorship for the Area IV Envirothon came from Honda of America, Cargill, and the 18 Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Southwest Ohio.

Thank you to all the students, advisors, and administrators from the Clermont schools for their hard work and support of the event.

Posted in: Envirothon
August 9, 2016

Natural Resources Day at the County Fair

Interactive stream table displayed by Clermont SWCD during last year’s event to demonstrate how streams function and the influence people have on them.

Interactive stream table displayed by Clermont SWCD during last year’s event to demonstrate how streams function and the influence people have on them.

Join Clermont SWCD along with Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Division of Watercraft, Ohio Division of Parks, National Wild Turkey Federation, Clermont County Parks and others during the second Natural Resources Day held at the Clermont County Fair. Archery, BB-guns, reptiles, and other exhibits will be on display along with our own stream table and animal footprint station for people to interact with.

The event will be held at the Lykins Pavilion on Tuesday July 26, 2016 from 12-6 pm. Meet with representatives from local conservation clubs, Ohio trappers associations, and local sportsmen clubs. Representatives will also be available to discuss how you can improve wildlife habitat on your property.

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

Posted in: conservation
August 9, 2016

Fight Aquatic Vegetation with Proper Pond Construction

PondLayoutA successful pond is only as good as proper pond construc­tion and proper construction begins with the knowledge of the builder. A pond should have 25% of its basin at a depth of eight feet or greater and side slopes at a 3:1 ratio (three feet out, one foot down). A minimal round pond size built to this spec. will be approx. 100 feet in diameter. This does three things, it gets you into deeper water quickest while maintaining a stable slope on your bank, creates “open water” on your pond and provides proper habi­tat for spawning.

Posted in: pond
August 8, 2016

Clermont SWCD awarded $600k grant to help farmers with runoff

A new program will soon be available to help Clermont County farmers apply conservation practices to reduce the runoff of sediments and nutrients in the East Fork Lake watershed. The Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) was recently awarded a five-year, $600,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Resource Conservation Partnership Program. Clermont SWCD was one of only two districts in Ohio to receive funding through this nationwide $370 million grant.

Under the grant, farmers in the drainage area upstream of the lake will be eligible to receive financial assistance to plant cover crops, filter strips, grassed waterways and other methods that help hold soil on the farm and prevent nutrients and other pollutants from washing into nearby waterways that eventually drain to the lake. Excess nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are thought to be the most significant factor contributing to the harmful algal blooms that have been appearing each summer in the lake since 2012.

Lori Lenhart, the District Conservationist for Clermont and Brown Counties, said,

The soils in this region erode quite easily and contribute to the problems we see.  Farmers do a good job with this ground. Adding conservation practices through this grant will help them improve infiltration rates and hold more soil in place, which will not only improve water quality, but also their crop yields over time.

~ Lori Lenhard

 

Added John McManus, Administrator for Clermont SWCD:

For several years, Clermont SWCD and its partners in the East Fork Watershed Cooperative have been working together with local farmers to improve the quality of farm fields through the use of conservation practices. As recently as 2011, nobody was planting cover crops in Clermont County. Our local farmers have really stepped up. This year, over 2,500 acres have been planted. This grant will really help us expand our conservation efforts in an area that needs it most.

~ John McManus

The first sign-up for farmers to participate in the program will likely be announced in spring. Interested farmers should watch www.clermontswcd.org for announcements, or call 513-732-7075 for more information.