Conservation Notes: A Year in Review at the Henry County SWCD
The Henry County SWCD has continued to implement valuable conservation programs. 2010 has been another productive year for the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District. The following are activities the Henry County SWCD participated in or sponsored this past year:
- Henry County SWCD Annual Meeting - January 27
- Grazing Seminar - February 4
- Contractor's Breakfast - February 9
- Rain Barrel Sale - April 7
- Spring Bulb and Tree Sale - April 7-8
- Poster Contest - April 12
- Land Use Council 2 Envirothon - April 13
- Visitation Earth Day presentation - April 19
- Wethersfield Earth Day presentation - April 19
- Galva Earth Day presentation - April 22
- Stewardship Week - April 26-May 3
- Spring Fish Sale - April 30
- Bureau County SWCD Conservation Day - May 5
- Stark County SWCD 5th Grade Conservation Day - May 6
- Native Plant Sale - June 11
- Henry County Fair - June 23-28
- Green Energy Workshop - June 24
- Fall Bulb and Tree Sale - September 29-30
- Section 3 Soils Judging Contest - October 5
- State Soils Judging Contest - October 12
- Fall Fish Sale - October 21
- Backyard Conservation Workshop - November 30 - canceled
- Rain Barrel Sale - December 14
From the Henry County SWCD in 2010:
- Conservation Kids is a section for kids at the Henry County SWCD booth at the Henry County Fair. Kids have the opportunity to learn about soil and water through hands-on activities.
- Nature field guides are available to purchase by those interested in learning about the plant and animal species surrounding us.
- Henry County Farm Bureau Farmer articles are written to promote and educate the public on the importance of conservation and conservation practices.
- Conservation Trail, a conservation education newsletter, reaches over 4100 grade school students and teachers in Henry County.
- Developed a website to further promote and educate the public on conservation and stewardship. Visit the website at www.henrycountyilswcd.com!
- Rain barrels to promote water conservation, and reduce stormwater runoff. 44 rain barrels have been sold this year to be installed on homes!
- Soil testing kits for lawns and gardens to help reduce over application of fertilizer.
Conservation Practices Program (CPP) cost-share projects implemented in 2010 by the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District as of November:
- 7.3 acres of waterway constructed
- 6 grade stabilization structures installed
- 4 (800') water and sediment control basins installed
- 575' diversions constructed
- 1 well decommissioned
With the construction of agriculture conservation practices, over 36 tons of soil was saved! Over $35,390 was spent in cost-share assistance of conservation projects.
- Monica Stevens, Resource Conservationist