Clermont SWCD is offering a scholarship to one high school student in Clermont County to attend Camp Canopy, formerly known as Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp. The scholarship will cover half the registration cost. Camp Canopy will take place from June 10-15 at the Muskingum FFA camp in Carrollton, OH. For information on how to apply for the scholarship, email Judy Krebs, SWCD Education Specialist, or call her at 513-732-7075 ext. 5.
Clermont SWCD and the Valley View Foundation are pleased to present this year’s winner of the 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up T-shirt Design Contest, Leah Decatur, an 11th grader from CNE High School! This year’s contest was sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors, and the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Ms. Decatur will receive a $100 cash prize for her winning design and an additional $100 cash prize will be awarded to the CNE school art department. Leah will be presented her award at the March 21 county commissioner meeting.
The other grade-level winners and all the artwork submitted by local students can be viewed on the event website: www.springlittercleanup.com.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at various locations across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed.
Volunteers are needed! You can register individually, organize a school/scout group, or bring some neighborhood friends, to participate in this fun, worthwhile event! Protective gloves and trash bags will be provided. All volunteers will be given a picnic lunch and event t-shirt as a thank you for helping out. Watch our website for locations and to register at: www.springlittercleanup.com, which will be available shortly.
We’d like to extend a big thank you to our event partners: Clermont Office of Environmental Quality, Clermont County Park District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-State Parks, US Army Corp of Engineers, and Valley View Foundation.
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.
As many of you know, ponds are not natural in Clermont County. All the ponds that you see have been constructed throughout the years for many different purposes. Today there are over 5,000 ponds that dot our landscape. Why are there so many and how has SWCD helped residents plan, install and maintain these features?
In 1943, when Clermont SWCD began helping landowners with soil problems, ponds were installed to remove livestock from creeks and provide a source of water during drought. Beginning in the 1940’s ponds were designed and constructed throughout the county by Soil Conservation Service (now NRCS) and SWCD for this purpose; 207 were installed by 1954. Hundreds were constructed throughout the 1950’s to 1980 with over 500 more constructed.
Cheaper means of getting livestock water, such as public waterlines that were crisscrossing the county caused a shift in funding away from ponds. The district now designs livestock watering facilities from some of these ponds, but most water comes from public water systems.
Fishing lakes also became popular during this time with 19 reported lakes in 1970 including the colorful named Bob and John’s Ding-a-ling Lake. Eventually larger lakes were installed in the county for flood control and other purposes including Stonelick Lake in 1950 and Harsha Lake (East Fork Lake) in 1978.
Many of these ponds are still on the landscape today, with many landowners still seeking assistance from SWCD for continuing maintenance. In 1958, SWCD began partnering with other organizations and professional pond care specialists to educate pond owners at pond management clinics. These clinics were held every two years or so into the 1980’s. In 1992 after a few years absence, SWCD began their annual pond clinic that is still popular today.
The purpose of a pond today has changed from when we started constructing them for drought purposes, but ponds are still desired for other reasons and each year more are constructed. Most ponds constructed today are for recreational or storm water control. If you own or maintain a pond built through the drought program, most likely it may not meet the needs of today. Most of these ponds have outlived their life expectancy and will need to be rehabbed as per the pond owner’s desires.
To find out more, join us at our next Pond Clinic on April 10th. Learn how to combat nature that is always affecting a pond and learn new techniques and stocking recommendations to maximize your pond potential.
The Hatfield Brothers including Mark, Lowell, and Ernie are located in Franklin Township. They have been farming in the Felicity area since the mid 1970s. From the beginning, they have been exploring different ways to improve their farming operations, especially from the conservation side of things. Currently, the Hatfields farm around 1000 acres, all of it no-till, and practice conservation crop rotation, but they have placed a special focus on cover crops.
Showing their imaginative and innovative side, they have modified their combine by adding seeder boxes and seed tubes, so that during harvest, the cover crop seeds are planted in between the crop rows. For the past two years, they have successfully planted cover crops on every field they farm.
They have always been willing to share information on their unique planting method at field days hosted by Soil and Water, and Ernie Hatfield was one of five farmers highlighted in our Cover Crop Farmers of Southwest Ohio booklet.
The Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District commends the Hatfield Brothers for their stewardship efforts, and for being active partners in helping to protect the land and valuable natural resources of the county.
Thanks to all our cooperators for all the conservation best management practices installed this year!
2600 The Farm Fence, pipeline, HUA, watering facility
Doug Auxier Cover crop
Roy Barger Jr. Brush management (3)
Thomas Bellar Conservation cover, herbaceous weed control
Bob Bolce Brush management (3)
Tina Bosworth Conservation Stewardship Program
Cincinnati Nature Center Conservation cover
Cornwell Family Partner Cover crop
Weiderhold Farms Nutrient management, Cover crop
Charles Ernstes Brush management(3)
Bob Fee Cover crop
James Fulton Cover crop
Carlos Hamilton Critical area planting, roof and cover (2)
Hal Herron Cover crop
Ted Hollender Nutrient management, Cover crop
Rob Hutchinson Cover crop
L & L Farm Holdings Forage planting (2)
James Liming Cover crop
Mark Liming Nutrient management, Cover crop
Michelle McClain Forage planting (2), pipeline, watering facility, HUA, access road, underground outlet, brush management
Jim Metzger Brush management (2)
Jeremy Myers Cover crop
James Napier Nutrient mgt. plan
Tony Panetta Cover crop
Louis Rose Cover crop
Tim Rose Grassed waterway (2)
Verleigh Powers Fence
Don Smith Brush management (2)
Charles Stahl Cover crop
James Stahl Cover crop
John Stahl Cover crop
Robert Stahl Cover crop
James Tolliver Brush management (2)
Dave Uible Conservation Stewardship Program
Varick Family Trust Brush management (3), forest stand improvement
Laura Weber Brush management (5)
David Werring Nutrient management
Tim Werring Nutrient management, cover crop
Tony Werring Nutrient management, cover crop
David Werring Nutrient management, cover crop
A popular program with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) where landowners can apply for federal assistance to address environmental needs is advising interested applicants to apply and be added to a waiting list. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), popular with farmers looking to install grassed waterways, filter strips, wildlife plantings, among others has reached its maximum acreage nationwide. This means those on the waiting list will be offered assistance first when signups become available. Please contact the Clermont FSA office for information or additional assistance at 513-732-2181.
Winter is bearing down, but our thoughts are on the 2018 plant sale. We have new trees, bushes, and flowers we want to share with you to assist with indigenous landscaping. These newcomers include White Oak, American Crabapple, Serviceberry, and Chokeberry. We will have perennials New England Aster, Bee Balm and Wild Geranium to add to our favorites Purple Coneflower and Lavender. And new this year we will be adding the annuals Salvia and Zinnia to provide Summer-long color and pollinator food.
Due to the increased price and decreased availability, we will not be carrying White Pines or Norway Spruce in 2018. We will have 3 packs of the evergreen Arborvitae (White Cedar) and the deciduous evergreen Dawn Redwood available.
Our Spring Newsletter will be out at the end of February, and at that time all information regarding the plant sale will be available on our website, clermontswcd.org.
So have a wonderful holiday season and start planning your pollinator garden!
Want to showcase your art in the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction?
Here is How:
Simple as that!
This Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley area via an entertaining yet educational medium.
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