June 5, 2019

It’s Not Too Late to Purchase a Rain Barrel

The use of rain barrels lowers municipal water demands and saves energy at water treatment facilities by reducing water pollution and storm water runoff.

FEATURES

  • 50 gallon capacity
  • Large opening lid with  locking feature
  • Lid can be reversed to act as a planter
  • FlexiFit™ diverter and all parts included for installation. FlexiFit™ diverter returns rainwater to downspout when barrel is full – no spillover
  • 10 Year UV Resistance
  • AVAILABLE IN TERRA COTTA OR GRANITE – PLEASE SPECIFY

The cost to purchase a rain barrel is $80.00 each. Limited quantities are availavle, so please email or call our office at (513) 732-7075 ext. 2.

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June 5, 2019

Another Successful Clermont County Cleanup

The Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District and Valley View Foundation are pleased to report that the 2019 Spring Litter Clean-Up was another great success! The event took place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at sites across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed. The event drew 450 volunteers to clean up 11 sites, including 10 miles of riverbank and lake shoreline! Volunteers collectively cleared approximately 3.2 tons of trash and contributed over 1,133 hours of community service.

We truly appreciate the support from our event sponsors: the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors, the Duke Energy Foundation and the Buckeye United Fly Fishers!

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, Highland SWCD, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Friends of Stonelick State Park.

Total Quality Logistics cleanup crew

June 5, 2019

Save the Date – 76th Annual Meeting is Sept. 12

Celebrate with us at the Multi Purpose Building on the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville on Thursday, Sept. 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Watch www.clermontswcd.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook.

June 5, 2019

Call for SWCD Supervisor Candidates

Clermont SWCD is seeking candidates for its Board of Supervisors.  Two supervisors will be elected at the 2019 Annual Meeting which will be held on September 12.

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 training is required.

If you are interested in becoming a Board Supervisor for Clermont SWCD, please contact John McManus, District Administrator by email or at (513) 732-7075 Ext: 103.

June 5, 2019

SWCD Water Quality Efforts Recognized

Full detention structure in field waterway

Clermont SWCD, along with the Clermont Office of Environmental Quality and the US EPA Office of Research and Development were awarded the top government storm water project of the year at the 2019 Ohio Storm Water Conference in Sharonville, OH. Our project was funded by a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant and was installed in 2015. This project was funded to research innovative solutions by developing new strategies to support conservation efforts. The project involved the installation of an urban storm water detention basin into an agricultural setting. This project is currently being researched to determine effectiveness of agricultural nutrient removal.

Submerged treatment bed for nutrient removal

The need to address agricultural runoff is important because of the water quality degradation and algal blooms that are occurring around the world. Nutrients leaving agricultural fields are a contributing factor to water quality problems. The soils that we have in our county are very unique to Ohio and an “outside the box” approach was needed because current management practices do not always apply in our area.

The partnership to make this project successful includes many county, state and federal agencies, landowners, and the private industry. This project speaks to the great success of everyone working together for a viable solution.