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Steuben County SWCD wins $10,000 National Award
Indianapolis – Northeast Indiana's Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District SWCD is the recipient of a $10,000 National Conservation Foundation District grant. The award was presented during the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
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Storm Erosion Closes Beaches in Southwestern Michigan
Grand Beach officials have closed down all public beaches in the southwestern Michigan community due to extreme erosion from winter storms. Village Superintendent Bob Dabbs tells WSBT-TV the damage is well into the thousands of dollars, and Police Chief Dan Schroeder says it includes the bottoms of stair accesses and other ramps, which he says are eroded and dangerous.
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Bostic and Zippel Creeks Watershed Assessment Project
Sedimentation in two bays on Lake of the Woods is being addressed through a comprehensive, watershed-based approach that has included water quality monitoring and several projects to restore water quality. The sedimentation in Bostic and Zippel bays has frequently prevented access to the lake without dredging, which has reduced water quality, potentially impacted spawning sites on this world-class fishing destination and created financial hardship for resorts in those areas.
USDA NRCS Offers Funding to New York Organic Producers
State Conservationist, Astor Boozer announced that $775,000 in funding is available to help New York organic producers and transitioning producers implement soil and water conservation practices on their agricultural operations. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, with the funding cutoff date set for March 4, 2011.
New Maps of Ohio Erosion Issues for Lake Shoreline
Many northwestern Ohioans living along the lake were further from the shoreline bluffs when they first built their homes. Like any shoreline, land along Lake Erie is not stable. While typically a slow process, coastal erosion can and does happen suddenly. In the past decade, Ohio has recorded three fatal accidents when eroded shoreline materials collapse suddenly.
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State Administration of Soil Erosion Control Procedures to Change
On January 1, 2010, the state Department of Natural Resources became responsible for what has been the Commerce soil erosion control program for commercial buildings construction sites which disturb more than an acre of soil.
Administration of soil erosion control procedures and requirements under Comm 60, Erosion Control, Sediment Control and Storm Water Management Code, will transfer from the state Department of Commerce to the Department of Natural Resources. The code governs commercial building construction sites that disturb one or more acres of soil. "Notice of Intent" registrations previously filed with Commerce under Comm 60 will as of Jan. 1 be filed with the DNR. The transfer of authority was mandated by 2009-2010 state budget legislation, 2009 Wisconsin Act 28.
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