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Michigan

3-year Plan Targets Muskegon Lake Shore Cleanup
A three-year, $3.4 million plan is expected to restore natural features along five miles of Muskegon Lake's southern shoreline near Muskegon, Michigan.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the area being targeted was a historic dumping ground for sawmills and foundries. It extends from the mouth of the Muskegon River to the Muskegon Lake Channel into Lake Michigan.

The plan was announced Friday, July 11, 2008 by the Great Lakes Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Great Lakes Commission donated the first $50,000 for the project. Other federal funding is being sought.

Source: www.chicagotribune.com

New York

Shoreline Property Owners Concerned With Plan to Raise Level of Lake Ontario
"A number of residents living along the shore of Lake Ontario are concerned with the International Joint Commission’s proposed plan to tinker with the levels of Lake Ontario. In addition to calls from affected constituents, members of the Oswego County Legislature heard comment from Ned Waterbury, who spoke in opposition of the proposed plan at the July 10 legislature meeting.

'This is a complex problem,' Waterbury said. 'This could be catastrophic.'"

Source: www.valleynewsonline.com

Modeling Erosion Damage from Ephemeral Gullies
"Ephemeral gullies are common features on agricultural landscapes. Concentrated water flows can erode cropland soils and carve out these small drainage ditches, which then transport field runoff laden with eroded sediments into nearby streams. In fact, these gullies may lead to soil losses that exceed soil losses from sheet or rill erosion.

Engineers from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, Mississippi have teamed up with University at Buffalo scientists Lee Gordon and Sean Bennett and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to evaluate the effects of ephemeral gullies on erosion."

Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2008/080711.htm

Ohio

Hitching the Horses to No-Till
"In today's world, where technology advances in the blink of an eye, we sometimes fail to appreciate how tasks were accomplished in the past. At the same time, we may not recognize that “old” and “new” can marry to create a system that solves a current challenge. Enter Horse Progress Days and no-tilling with horses."

Source: www.conservationinformation.org/partners/080601/success.asp

Wisconsin

American Farmland Trust Announces:
Campaign for Wisconsin's Farm & Forest Lands

"American Farmland Trust (AFT) announces the start of the Campaign for Wisconsin’s Farm & Forest Lands initiative designed to complement the recommendations of the Working Lands Steering Committee convened by Secretary of Agriculture Rod Nilsestuen.

'Through the Steering Committee, Wisconsin’s residents have expressed a strong interest in protecting the working farm and forest lands and recognize that doing so represents a way to preserve a stronger environmental and economic future,' says Bob Wagner, AFT Managing Director of Programs. 'As the national organization working on land protection, and the environmental and economic sustainability of farms, AFT is well positioned to help Wisconsin achieve the Task Force’s recommendations.'"

Source: http://www.farmland.org/news/pressreleases/061708nrWiscon.asp

Basin-wide

Using Rainwater to Grow Livable Communities
The Water Environment Research Federation recently unveiled a new website that gives landscape architects, designers, engineers, storm water managers, elected officials and the public creative new ideas on sustainable storm water practices. This website is designed to encourage and facilitate the integration of storm water Best Management Practices (BMP’s) into development projects. The site provides practical tools, frameworks for implementation and planning aids that can be adapted to your community or project.

For more information, visit: www.werf.org/livablecommunities

11 Tips for No-Tilling CRP Ground
The first impulse of many growers may be to plow under Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ground when converting it back into cropland. However, no-tilling into sod can be easy, says John Baker a no-till researcher from New Zealand. In working with the Cross Slot no-tillage system developed in his homeland, Baker says the original intent of the machine's design was to find a way to successfully seed into sod.

Speaking at the 16th annual National No-Tillage Conference in Cincinnati, Baker noted, "The worst possible thing that can be done to CRP is to till it," There are two main considerations when no-tilling crops directly into CRP. You need to cope with the grasses, weeds, legumes and possible pests without either blocking the machine or destroying all the beneficial biological activity in the soil and then, you need to create a biological environment that favors and protects the newly sown crop.

Baker's suggests 11 tips for effectively no-tilling into CRP residue.

 

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