March 2, 2018

Spring Litter Clean-Up Set For April 21

Leah Decatur’s Winning Design

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.

March 2, 2018

Save the Date for our 75th Annual Meeting

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.

March 2, 2018

75 Years of Pond Construction and Management

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.

December 6, 2017

Conservation Plant Sale to be Held April 28, 2018

Dawn Redwood

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!

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December 6, 2017

Clermont SWCD’s 75th Anniversary: A Look Back to 1943

Cost of Living: 1943 vs. 2016

Average cost of new house $3,600 $ 288,000
Average wages per year $2,000 $ 57,617
Cost of a gallon of gas $0.15 $ 1.95
Average cost for house rent $40/mo. $ 1,021/mo.
Bottle of Coca Cola $0.05 $ 1.75
Average price for a new car $900 $ 34,300

 

Average Crop Production, 1943

Commodity Yield Bu./Ac. $/Bu.
Corn 32.6 $1.08
Soybeans 18.3 $1.81
Wheat 16.4 $1.35

Average Crop Production 2016

Commodity Yield Bu./Ac. $/Bu.
Corn 174.6 $3.40
Soybeans 52.1 $9.50
Wheat 52.6 $3.85
December 6, 2017

Annual Meeting Celebrates 74 Years of Conservation

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.

June 5, 2017

Call for SWCD Supervisor Candidates

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 jmcmanus@clermontcountyohio.gov or (513) 732-7075 Ext: 103.