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Applications for Watershed Coordinator Position Now Being Accepted

The Fourteen Mile Creek/Goose Creek-OH River Watersheds Improvement Project is a regional, grassroots initiative in southern Indiana working to improve water quality by development and implementation of a comprehensive watershed management plan for the area.  The project is sponsored by the Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and funded by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The Clark County SWCD is seeking a motivated individual to serve as Watershed Coordinator for the watershed project’s management, marketing, outreach, volunteer coordination, and cost-share program development and promotion.  Resumes will be accepted until close of business, 4 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2018.  A full position description and application instructions can be found here.

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.

Clark County CWI 2018 Application

Clark County 2018 Ranking Form

2018 CWI Project Brochure

QPI Training Scheduled in November

The Clark County SWCD will be hosting another Qualified Professional Inspector (QPI) training on November 30, 2018.  The 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 consists of a one-day training course, a QPI training manual (provided at the training session), and an exam. After passing the exam, applicants are eligible to obtain a QPI registration or license from the community prior to initiating inspection of construction site stormwater Best Management Practices.

The fee for the Qualified Professional Inspector Training Course is $100 and will include the Qualified Professional Inspector Manual and training materials.  To register for the course, please print and fill out the registration form that can be found in the Stormwater section of our website, or contact Tami Kruer, Executive Director, Clark County SWCD, at (812) 256-2330, ext. 3462.

SWCD 75th Anniversary Approaches

January 31, 2019, will mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).  To commemorate this event, we will have many photos (can you find yourself in one?), and a slide show of the District’s history to present.  We’ll also be serving helpings of anniversary cake after our catered meal.  And, as with all our Annual Meetings, we will be electing one member of our Board of Supervisors, and distributing door prizes.

Our meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019, in the Community Building on the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds.  Tickets will go on sale in early January.  Please contact the SWCD office at 812-256-2330, ext. 3, for tickets or more information.

SWCD Seeks Candidates For Supervisor Position

The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for persons with an interest in natural resources management who would like to serve as a district official.  Candidates are being sought for an elected seat on the district’s five-member board of supervisors.  Term of office runs from January 2019 through January 2022.

Clark County SWCD is a legal subdivision of state government responsible for the protection, conservation and wise use of the soil, water and related natural resources within the county.  Working cooperatively with federal, state and local agencies and organizations, the district brings educational, technical and financial assistance to bear on the conservation problems of the county.

Activities of the district are directed by the five supervisors, three who are elected by the local landusers and two appointed by the State Soil Conservation Board.  Meeting on the first Thursday of each month, the supervisors plan and oversee the efforts aimed at fulfilling the district’s responsibilities, which include:

  • Assessing natural resources management needs within the county;
  • Developing and implementing policies and programs that address those assessed needs;
  • Carrying out program initiative given to SWCDs by state and federal government (e.g., the review of farm conservation plans and construction site erosion/sediment control plans and the inspection of landfills for erosion control); and,
  • Advising local government on natural resource management issues.

Candidates for Clark County SWCD’s elected-supervisor position must be of voting age, must be an occupier of a tract of land located in Clark County, and must maintain permanent residence within the county.  For more information about Clark County SWCD, its programs, supervisor duties and qualifications, or to register as a candidate, visit the district office at 9608 Highway 62, Charlestown, IN, or call 812-256-2330, ext.3.  Deadline to register as a candidate is November 30, 2018.

Women4theLand Learning Circle Planned

The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is excited to announce plans to host its first Women4theLand Learning Circle!  Recent surveys estimate women now own or co-own close to 50% of the farmland in the U.S.  Circles are designed to serve those women who are interested in maintaining productive, profitable land, while conserving natural resources.

Learning Circles are women-only, peer-to-peer meetings in which every women’s knowledge and expertise is of value.  Female conservationists are available to facilitate discussions and provide information to help the landowners make informed decisions about soil and water conservation, hunting and habitat management, pollinator habitat, forest management, and more.  Lunch, and an afternoon field tour of conservation practices, round out the day.  There is no cost to participate.

Our first Circle meeting is planned for spring 2019. If you’d like to be on our mailing list to receive an invitation and more details, please contact the SWCD office at 812-256-2330, ext. 3.  Hope that we will see you in the “Circle”!