Howard SWCD uses technical assistance funds to work with local landowners, protect streambanks

By Hunter Slifka [caption id="attachment_27982" align="alignright" width="283"] Technicians survey a streambank after completion.[/caption] Streams have the power to meander, move sediment, power industries, and destruct shorelines. With increasing flooding in recent years due to large rain events in the Midwest, streambanks in the region have been affected greatly. Programs and practices like shoreline protection and…… Continue reading →

Nebraska’s Shell Creek Watershed Makes History for Successful Water Clean-Up Efforts

By Erika Hill, public relations director, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts and Desirae TePoel, information and education specialist, Lower Platte North Natural Resources District Shell Creek in Nebraska covers almost 110 miles, running through five different counties, and drains approximately 304,873 acres of surrounding farmland. Over the years, Atrazine, a common carcinogenic herbicide used to kill weeds,…… Continue reading →

Conservation in the Caribbean: Emergency Watershed Protection

By NACD Southeast Region Representative Phylis Vandevere and USDA-NRCS Caribbean Area Program Analyst Julie Wright Just days after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a team of 16 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees from across the country traveled to the Caribbean to assess watershed damages and imminent threats to life and property. The storms were two…… Continue reading →

Sussex CD RCPP Project Tackles Watershed Restoration

By NACD Intern Meghan Selip Sussex Conservation District (SCD), in Sussex County, Del., is a district with experience and great insight on carrying out Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects. SCD began working on projects quickly after the funding pool was awarded through the 2014 Farm Bill. SCD has worked on many successful RCPP projects…… Continue reading →

Conservation Districts and the Sustainability Puzzle

Editor's note: This blog is the second part in a series. Click here to read the first installment. By Laura Demmel Agricultural sustainability could be defined as “natural resource stewardship practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.1” Conservation districts work toward this goal…… Continue reading →

Conservation field day sparks stewardship in New York

By Caitlin Stewart Earlier this fall, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (HCSWCD) in upstate New York hosted its 38th annual Lynn Galusha Memorial Conservation Field Day to encourage fifth and sixth graders to become the future stewards of our natural resources. The event drew 72 area students from Lake Pleasant, Wells, Long…… Continue reading →

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