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.
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.
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
In 1990, Clermont County established storm water management regulations to help manage storm water in an urbanizing county. With more businesses, houses and roads, there is less open ground to absorb the rain that falls. Most new developments are required to have storm water runoff controls, such as detention basins, to help manage the extra runoff. In most cases, the responsibility to maintain and repair detention basins falls on the owner of the property, or possibly a homeowners’ association.
To help owners understand the tasks involved, Clermont SWCD recently published a resource guide titled “Maintaining Your Detention Basin: A Guidebook for Private Owners in Clermont County.”
A detention basin is a low-lying area designed to temporarily capture and hold storm water runoff during periods of heavy rain. After the rain ceases, the basin slowly releases the water over a period of one or two days to minimize flooding and stream bank erosion problems downstream. Basins also help remove sediments from storm water runoff, which improves the quality of local streams.
The guidebook will help answer questions and provide owners with detailed instructions for basin maintenance activities. The booklet includes information on the components of a detention basin, recommended maintenance activities and inspection schedules, vegetation management, mosquito control and more.
Routine maintenance will help prolong the life of the detention basin, help prevent flooding and property damage, and protect local streams and lakes. Routine maintenance will also help minimize the necessity for more costly repairs.
Click here to download a copy of the “Maintaining Your Detention Basin” guidebook, or call the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District at 513.732.7075.
In October, a delegation with the China Ministry of Agriculture visited the Clermont SWCD office on their tour of American agriculture. The delegation was deeply interested in programs that are available to farmers and mapping soils, including soil health. The delegation visited with staff from our office and Lori Lenhart with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Thanks to all our Cooperators for all the Conservation Best Management Practices installed this Year!
Agri-chemical Handling Facility
Charles Ernstes (4)
Jeremy Mount (2)
Don Smith (2)
Laura Weber (3)
Arthur Williams (2)
Conservation Crop Rotation
Conservation Stewardship Program
Cover Crop Plantings:
Doug Auxier (2)
L & L Farm Holdings
Wolfer Farms (2)
Critical Area Planting
Forest Stand Improvement
Varick Trust (2)
Heavy Use Area Protection
Herbaceous Weed Control
Joel Monteith (2)
Dan Weber (2)
Joel Monteith (2)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
Cincinnati Nature Center
A new program will soon be available to help Clermont County farmers apply conservation practices to reduce the runoff of sediments and nutrients in the East Fork Lake watershed. The Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) was recently awarded a five-year, $600,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Resource Conservation Partnership Program. Clermont SWCD was one of only two districts in Ohio to receive funding through this nationwide $370 million grant.
Under the grant, farmers in the drainage area upstream of the lake will be eligible to receive financial assistance to plant cover crops, filter strips, grassed waterways and other methods that help hold soil on the farm and prevent nutrients and other pollutants from washing into nearby waterways that eventually drain to the lake. Excess nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are thought to be the most significant factor contributing to the harmful algal blooms that have been appearing each summer in the lake since 2012.
Lori Lenhart, the District Conservationist for Clermont and Brown Counties, said,
The soils in this region erode quite easily and contribute to the problems we see. Farmers do a good job with this ground. Adding conservation practices through this grant will help them improve infiltration rates and hold more soil in place, which will not only improve water quality, but also their crop yields over time.
~ Lori Lenhard
Added John McManus, Administrator for Clermont SWCD:
For several years, Clermont SWCD and its partners in the East Fork Watershed Cooperative have been working together with local farmers to improve the quality of farm fields through the use of conservation practices. As recently as 2011, nobody was planting cover crops in Clermont County. Our local farmers have really stepped up. This year, over 2,500 acres have been planted. This grant will really help us expand our conservation efforts in an area that needs it most.
~ John McManus
The first sign-up for farmers to participate in the program will likely be announced in spring. Interested farmers should watch www.clermontswcd.org for announcements, or call 513-732-7075 for more information.
Do you currently have livestock on your property? Cattle, horses, sheep, goats, alpacas…? Do you also have a stream running through your property that your animals have access to? If so, then there’s a cost share program that you may greatly benefit from called the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). If you or someone you know is looking for a clean source of water to capture for your livestock to drink then read on…
The Clermont SWCD, Clermont County Water & Sewer Dept., and Clermont County Commissioners are joining the Little Miami River Partnership, NRCS, FSA, ODNR and a host of other partners on a proposal that could attract nearly $90 million of federal funding to help protect the Little Miami River watershed. The funds would be used to put best management practices on critical agricultural lands along streams. A takeoff on the traditional Farm Bill program CRP, a CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) can provide higher incentive payments and targets the most vulnerable agricultural lands along streams. Although these can be very productive farm lands, they are also subject to frequent flooding and excessive runoff and sediment loss, which can have a greater impact on stream quality than upland agriculture. The proposal process is very complex and could take nearly 18 months to complete. If USDA accepts the partnership’s proposal, the CREP program would be rolled out to landowners in the Little Miami River watershed shortly thereafter.