This event will be held at the Historic Shaw Farms on the evening of September 13th. Plans are still being developed to make sure this is one that will not be soon forgotten. Check back as we get closer to learn more about our diamond anniversary celebration.
Special thanks to all of our patrons in 2017 who support us with sponsorships, door prizes, and donations!
Grant’s Farm & Greenhouse
Friends of Clermont SWCD
Pilot Todd Winemiller
Clermont SWCD’s Amazing Supervisors!
In the election held on September 14th, Dave Anspach (left) retained his seat on the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors, where he will begin serving his sixth term. Dave lives on the family farm in Owensville and is a past administrator for the district.
Steve Phillips (right) has also retained his seat by being elected to his fourth term as board supervisor. Steve was the District’s Cooperator of the Year in 2008 and a lifelong resident of Clermont County.
Their terms will begin January 1, 2018 and run through 2021.
Congratulations to both gentlemen and thank you for serving your conservation district and county!
Over 100 friends of conservation turned out at Pattison Park on September 14th for the 74th Annual Meeting of the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District. The evening got underway with the election of two board supervisors and a tasty meal by Taste of the Good Life Catering.
Several conservation partners were recognized for their 2016-2017 achievements in the conservation field. The Hatfield Brothers of Franklin Township were honored as the District’s Conservation Cooperators of the Year.
Brenda Siepmann, the STEMs teacher for Clermont Northeastern schools (shown right with SWCD Supervisor Melody Newman), was awarded the District’s Outstanding Conservation Teacher of the Year award.
Brenda Siepmann believes students in science should get ‘down and dirty’! In addition to her classroom lessons, Brenda continues to explore science with students through an after-school science club. Here, they have studied birds in the school’s bird blind, completed stream studies on the water, and studied the fish in the school pond. For the past two years, the students have hosted a STEM symposium where they share their research projects or experiments with the community. They also meet and compete with gifted students in other local districts for added challenges. The school has partnered with Bethel and Felicity for challenges such as Mystery Day and iGames – an Olympics competition with invertebrates.
The Clermont County Commissioners and the Ohio Congress presented the award recipients with proclamations recognizing their accomplishments and dedication to promoting good land stewardship.
The Wave Foundation at Newport Aquarium provided the entertainment of the evening with their penguin and also displayed the new mobile freshwater aquarium constructed with the help of the Regional Stormwater Collaborative.
The district would like to extend a special thank-you to all individuals and businesses who donated funds or door prizes to help make the 2017 conservation banquet a great success.
Clermont SWCD is seeking candidates for its Board of Supervisors. Two supervisors will be elected at the Annual Meeting which will be held on September 14.
Board Supervisors guide the district, its staff, and cooperating agencies in efforts to implement conservation programs in the county that address management and conservation of soil, water and related resources. Board members should have a sincere interest in conservation and must have the enthusiasm, dedication and the time to serve as an elected official. This is a volunteer position, but supervisors can be reimbursed for mileage & expenses (registration, lodging, meals, etc.) related to events involving soil & water professionals.
What a potential supervisor needs to know:
* Candidate must be over 18 years old and a resident of Clermont County
* This is a volunteer position and runs in 3 year terms
* Board meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM and normally run 1 ½ to 2 hours.
* Attendance at occasional outside meetings, events or trainings is required
If you are interested in becoming a Board Supervisor for Clermont SWCD, please contact John McManus, District Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 732-7075 Ext: 103.
Please save the date to help us celebrate another great year of conservation at our 74th 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 – two board supervisors will be elected. If you’re interested in serving as a District supervisor, please check this information, or call 513-732-7075 ext. 3
Additional Annual Banquet information will be posted soon. There may be penguins involved.