SWCD’s Summer Intern Returns through AmeriCorps Position

We are welcoming back our summer intern, Abigail Frazer, through an AmeriCorps Watershed Technician position. Abigail graduated this past spring from UC Clermont with an associate’s in environmental studies and plans to continue her education in the future by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in the upcoming years. In the meantime, she wishes to focus her time getting acquainted with different career opportunities in the field she obtained her degree in. Abigail has always been fond of the outdoors, which inspired her to pursue her environmental studies degree. When she isn’t out hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, she enjoys painting at home and spending time with family, friends, and their pets. Last summer, Abigail assisted the district with various projects, including a personal project where she catalogued the status of various rain gardens the district has helped create over the years — we are happy to welcome her back.

NRCS Welcomes New Natural Resource Specialist

Hi everyone! My name is Mariah Denzik and I’m happy to join Brown and Clermont Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Natural Resource Specialist. I began my career with USDA with the Farm Service Agency in August of 2021 and recently made the jump to NRCS in October. I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors and graduated from Ohio University with a B.A in Environmental Biology and a certificate in Environmental Sustainability. After graduation, I moved to North Carolina where I participated in wetland surveys on Camp Lejeune and taught various science lab courses at a community college. When I made my way back to Ohio, I worked with the Adams County Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist while gaining an M.S. in Biological Sciences online with Clemson University. My time outside of work is spent going on various adventures with my son, Emerson and our three-legged dog, Charlie.

Board of Supervisors Re-elected

In the election held September 14, Dave Anspach (left) was re-elected to his 7th term, and Tim Rose (right) was re-elected for a second term on the Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors. Both of their terms will begin January 1, 2024 and run through 2027. Congratulations Dave and Tim and thank you for serving your conservation district!

 

 

2023 Annual Meeting Award Winners

This year the district added a new award, the Volunteer of the Year, to our other two annual awards, the Cooperator of the Year and the Educator of the Year. This was in part due to all the amazing work our Volunteer of the Year, Stacey Creamer put in to rehabbing the Agricultural Service Center’s rain garden. After completing the Master Rain Gardener course, Stacy put in 88 hours through the Ohio Volunteer Certified Naturalists program (OVCN) to increase the functionality, and the beauty of the rain garden – allowing it to be enjoyed by all those that stop by our office for a visit! (Photo at right: Stacey Creamer pictured with Commissioner David Painter).

 

We also recognized the Clermont County Park District Naturalists as our Educators of the Year. The park naturalists have significantly expanded their educational programming this past year and offer a wide range of conservation themed programs. The district has had the pleasure to partner with the Park District this year on several programs such as the development of the Landowner Conservation Series (which will be coming back in the new year). Additionally, they lead the Clermont County Volunteer Program which is a collaboration between the Park District and Clermont SWCD. We look forward to continuing to grow our partnership with the Parks in the years to come! (Pictured at left: Clermont Park District Naturalists with Ohio State Rep. Jean Schmidt)

 

Last, but certainly not least we awarded the Village of Williamsburg (below) with the Cooperator of the Year award. Throughout this past year we have received outstanding support from the village during our construction and development of the Williamsburg off-channel wetland project.

Jacob Lynch Joins Clermont SWCD as Urban Technician

Hello, my name is Jacob Lynch and I am the new Urban Technician for Clermont SWCD. I grew up in Hilliard, Ohio and have been living in the Loveland area for almost 3 years. I have an associate’s degree in Natural Resources Law Enforcement from Hocking College and a B.S. in Wildlife Management as well as a minor in Conservation Ecology from West Virginia University. I previously worked for The Ohio Department of Agriculture and before that I worked in construction up in Columbus as well several parks in the Central Ohio area (State and County level). In my free time you can find me camping, hiking or planning for the years hunting seasons. I look forward to working with the communities of Clermont County and being a part of Clermont SWCD.

Drainage Guide Developed for Clermont Residents

Throughout the year, Clermont SWCD receives numerous calls from residents with concerns about water issues, some of which we can help out with, such as drainage or erosion issues on private property, and some are the responsibility of other organizations, such as cleaning up a roadside ditch. For people who are experiencing problems with erosion, drainage, sewers or other water-related issues, Clermont SWCD has created a guide to help identify the best organization to contact, which can be downloaded here. If after consulting with the guide you are still unsure about who to contact, please give us a call at 513-732-7075 ext. 2

Ohio River Sweep is June 24

The 2024 Ohio River Sweep will be held on Saturday, June 24th 2023 at four different locations:

  • Chilo Lock and Dam – meet at the boat ramp. This site is only open to adults and older teens
    due to the terrain. Participants will get wet at this site!
  • Moscow – meet at Riverview Park on Second Street.
  • Neville – meet at the boat ramp, located on Morgan Street off of US 52.
  • New Richmond – meet at the riverfront bandstand.

Participants must fill out and submit a Registration Form and Waiver Form. The registration form can be found at www.springlittercleanup.com, and the waiver form at www.orsanco.org/river-sweep/volunteer-waiver/. For questions or concerns, please contact Rebecca Ploucha via email at rebeccaploucha@gmail.com

For more information about Ohio River Sweep, visit www.orsanco.org/river-sweep/

Clermont SWCD to host Master Rain Gardener class in fall

Clermont SWCD is pleased to host the Greater Cincinnati Master Rain Gardener Courses in fall. Registration opens June 1, 2023 at www.cincyraingardener.org.

 

2023 Spring Litter Cleanup

2023 Spring Litter Cleanup volunteers at Clepper Park

The 2023 spring litter clean-up event was held on Saturday, April 22, in-person clean-ups at various sites across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed. Over 230 volunteers participated and collected a combined 310 bags of trash that morning.

The Litter Cleanup event is coordinated each year by the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District and partially supported with a grant from Ohio EPA, Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention.

We truly appreciate the support from our event sponsor, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR). Thank you also to our partnering agencies and organizations, including the Adams/Clermont Soil Waste District, Clermont County Park District, Clermont Office of Public Information, Ohio Department of Natural Resources—Divisions of Parks and Watercraft, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

K-12 Spring Litter Cleanup logo design contest winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clermont SWCD’s Summer Intern

This summer, Clermont SWCD has partnered with the University of Cincinnati in the first ever Braun Environmental Science Fellowship. This fellowship helps connect UC’s students with organizations and project managers like the Cincinnati Nature Center, UC Clermont’s Sustainability Committee, and us (Clermont SWCD). We are happy to introduce our summer intern Abigail Frazer who will be working alongside our direct staff in various projects. Abigail graduated this past spring from UC Clermont with an Associates in Environmental Studies and plans to continue her education in the future by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in the upcoming years. In the meantime she wishes to focus her time getting acquainted with different career opportunities in the field she obtained her degree in. Abigail has always been fond of the outdoors, which inspired her to pursue her Environmental Studies degree. When she isn’t out hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, she enjoys painting at home and spending time with family, friends, and their pets.