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QPI Training Set For April
The Clark County Soil & Water Conservation District will be hosting a Qualified Professional Inspector training April 5, 2019. The Qualified Professional Inspector (QPI) Program is designed to assist developers, contractors, and governmental agencies to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater General Permit for Construction by providing the training necessary to properly inspect erosion prevention and sediment control measures at construction sites and document inspections. This permit is required for all construction activities disturbing one or more acres of land. The QPI Program is designed to train personnel to perform required inspections of construction site stormwater Best Management Practices. The Construction General Permit and local Construction Site Runoff Control Ordinances require a Qualified Professional Inspector to inspect all stormwater control measures every seven (7) or fourteen (14) days (depending on the community) and within twenty-four (24) hours of a one-quarter (0.25) inch rain event.
More information and registration materials can be found on our QPI page.
Marvin Wright Conservation Scholarship Applications Available
Marvin Wright was a longtime farmer and implement dealer in the Borden, IN area. He served on the Clark County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors from 1963-1988. Marvin was dedicated to farming, the farm community and the protection of our natural resources.
An endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana was established through the generous donations of the Marvin Wright, Harold Armstrong, and John Woehrle families to provide an annual scholarship to a student pursuing a natural resources conservation course of study in honor of Mr. Wright.
Applications will soon be available for the Marvin Wright Conservation Scholarship. The $1000 scholarship is awarded each year to a current high school senior or current college student from Clark County, pursuing a career in a natural resources related field.
Forms will be sent to all area high schools, but may also be obtained here or by contacting Tami Kruer, SWCD Executive Director/Education Coordinator, at (812) 256-2330, ext. 3462.
Watershed Improvement Project Begins
The Clark County SWCD is moving forward with the implementation of its’ Fourteen Mile Creek/Goose Creek-OH River Watersheds Improvement Project, which has been made possible by the receipt of an EPA Section 319 grant. With this implementation, cost-share funds will be available for projects in identified critical areas of the watersheds for selected BMPs needed to address resource concerns identified in the Watershed Management Plan. Many educational activities will also be available to provide information to citizens so they can make better environmental decisions, and help improve water quality within the watersheds.
Work will begin soon to develop the cost-share program; details of the program and applications will be available early this spring to producers. Best management practices such as cover crops, forage and biomass planting, critical area planting, grassed waterways, filter strips, fencing, and others that address water quality concerns, will be eligible for cost-share. Landowners will be provided technical assistance to facilitate BMP implementation through activities such as conducting farm visits, assisting with conservation planning and BMP selection, and inspecting installed BMPs to ensure that they meet design specifications. If you would like to receive an application for cost-share funds when they are available, or would like more information, please contact David Trotter at the SWCD office at (812) 256-2330, ext. 3.
Cost-Share Funds Now Available to Producers
The Clark and Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were awarded a 2018 Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant for a project that will strive to promote soil health on pasture/hay land, and improve water quality. Conservation practices will be installed that help to: improve forage and biomass quality; reduce soil erosion and compaction; reduce excessive nutrients and sediments in surface and ground waters; and improve inadequate feed, forage, and water.
Though the project primarily focuses on practices associated with livestock, the cover crop practice is included. Cover crops are not only a means to reduce erosion, and diminish sediment entering our waters, they can also be grazed as part of a pasture management plan. Practices producers can implement through the project are as follows: heavy use area protection (HUAP), access road, pipeline, watering tanks, forage and biomass planting, cover crop, roof runoff structure, animal trails and walkways, underground outlet, and permanent interior fence. Additional funds from the SWCD’s have been pledged to help implement the practices should there be demand exceeding grant dollars available.
Cost-share rate on practices installed is 60% of actual cost; caps on individual practices have been set. Practices must be completed according to Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) specifications. Practices must be completed in the year that the participant’s application is approved for funding.
Producers interested in applying for this incentive program should contact their home county’s Conservation District office to receive an application, and detailed information. Links to Clark County forms are given below. Applications will be taken continually, and evaluated and ranked on a timely, periodic basis throughout the 3-year project life or until all grant monies are expended.
Jefferson County producers may contact the Jefferson County SWCD office at 812-265-7609, or visit www.jeffersoncountyswcd.com.
Spring 2019 Tree Sale Now Underway
The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) annual Spring Tree Sale is now in progress. Trees offered in this sale are supplied by Woody Warehouse, Lizton, IN. These trees are 3-gallon, Grade 1 (nursery stock) container trees. Trees can be easily removed from their containers and directly planted.
Some of the species offered are: Silver Maple, Speckled Alder, Allegheny Serviceberry, Paw Paw, Yellow Birch, Northern Pecan, Flowering Dogwood, Redbud, White Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak, and Sycamore. Trees are $28.00 each plus tax. Eastern Bluebird nestboxes are also available for $25.00 each plus tax.
Deadline for orders is 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Trees will be ready for pick-up on Friday, April 12, 8 a.m. to Noon and 1-4 p.m., and Monday, April 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the SWCD office. Tree order forms are available here, or by contacting the Clark County SWCD office at 256-2330, ext. 3.
Activities in our Conservation District would not be possible without support from the sponsors listed below:
Dan Cristiani Excavating, Inc.
1221 Old Highway 31E, Clarksville, IN 47129
Visit their web site…
Farm Credit Mid-America
1963 W. Mount Dr., Scottsburg, IN 47170-0377
812-752-2210 or 800-742-9930
Visit Farm Credit’s web site...
Clark County Farm Bureau, Inc.
2004 New Albany-Charlestown Pike
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Wright Brothers Implement, Hardware & General Store
17606 Highway 60
Borden, IN 47106
Sanders Farm Service, LLC
4612 Highway 160, Charlestown, IN 47111
New Washington State Bank
402 East Main St.
New Washington, IN 47162
Jim O’Neal Ford
516 S. Indiana Ave.
Sellersburg, IN 47172
Indiana Land Company
1046 W. Knable Rd.
Georgetown, IN 47122