Stories by Jeff Van Loon

About Jeff

Jeff is the District Manager for the Medina SWCD since 2006. Before that he was an area representative with the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Conservation through out Northeast Ohio for most of his career. He worked closely with District Boards of Supervisors and staffs on programs and capacity building.

Soil test has surprising results

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Medina SWCD just completed a soil testing project in cooperation with Spencer Feed and Supply, located in Spencer, Ohio, in the western part of Medina County. Their service area is mostly in the headwaters of the Black River Watershed to Lake Erie.

Expect more fish kills after this winter

Friday, March 7, 2014

Is this year’s winter weather setting ponds up for massive fish kills? The answer is probably yes. Most ponds could be subject to possible fish kills later this year, attributed to prime conditions brought about by this winter’s extreme weather. The disaster recipe for a fish kill in a pond starts with sustained periods of […]

Despite our best efforts, grass carp are likely here

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined there are a number of potential concerns.

Pond owners: Plan ahead for dredging

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Many ponds are more than 50 years old. Depending on their drainage area, they can accumulate debris, leaves, sediment, yard waste, decaying pond plants, etc. Eventually the pond will need to be dredged to restore the full use of the pond for the owner. When cattails march out toward the middle of the pond, it […]

Keep a wary eye on your tile line or you will suffer the consequences

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I have improved tile drainage around my property and have clear open outlets to the road ditch. In low flows everything is fine, but then during high flow events, the water can’t get away because my neighbor’s driveway culvert is half plugged and in complete disarray and they do not seem interested in doing anything […]

The 4R Tomorrow Program may mean a better tomorrow for everyone

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What does 4 R stand for? No, it’s not for readin’, ‘rightin’, ‘rithmatic and recess. But it is for using the right nutrient, at the right time, in the right amount, in the right location and more. So what ! Who cares ? Who dreamed up this one? Does it matter? The answer is, yes. […]

Why not donate to a conservation district?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Over the years in the soil and water conservation world in northeast Ohio, there has been at best, little attention given to marketing local SWCDs as logical places to donate money to when trying to think of a smart place to garner a IRS tax deduction for yourself. If you have received sound technical advice […]

It’s official: Medina County is the ‘Pond Capital of Ohio’

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

We have always known we have had lots of ponds in Medina County. You see them everywhere. People who fly over the county have told us that they seem to see more here than anywhere else in Ohio. So, are we the pond capital of Ohio? Yes, we are! It’s official! The Medina SWCD Board […]

Farm nutrient management looks to be hot issue in Ohio in 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

As 2011 ends and we look ahead at what might be the big issue for agriculture in 2012, I think the big issue will be on farm nutrient management.

Grassed waterways: A reminder from nature that management still needed

Thursday, September 15, 2011

This is the time of year when harvest begins, and farmers become aware of where erosion and gullying is under way in their fields and needs to be addressed. The remedy is often installing grassed waterways — those green stripes located in the middle of certain fields. Grassed waterways are like a natural Band-Aid, healing […]

The Dirt on Conservation: Keep soil, manure, water in its place

Thursday, June 16, 2011

In our part of the world, 38 inches of rain is very common annually. Some of this rain doesn’t soak in and must go somewhere — and there’s the problem for land owners and managers. You have instantly become a responsible party.

Benefits of tile drainage are inarguable

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hooray for tile! Now that’s something you don’t hear too often from people these days. Seems over the last decade or so in certain quarters that tile drainage is viewed as some sort of menace to society in our politically correct world. In fact, you might wonder, has it become a four letter word ? […]

Why would you want to kill a tree?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What is girdling? When I first heard the term a long time ago, I thought it had to do with woman’s clothing apparel. Of course, I learned and I now know that girdling is a forest improvement practice of cutting off a tree’s “blood flow” in order to end the tree’s life. But why? The […]

Do you have rare plants on your property?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Do you have rare plants? And what do you do if you have them? These questions will be answered Sept. 18 at the Medina County SWCD Annual Meeting. Guest speaker Judy Semroc, a field representative in the Conservation Outreach Program of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will explain how they help landowners wishing to […]

Everyone is responsible for land use

Thursday, June 3, 2010

“Who’s responsible?” This is the question many landowners will ask us at some point during their property ownership years. Who allowed this to happen? Why didn’t or doesn’t somebody do something about it? Whether the problem occurs on their property or to an adjacent neighbor’s property, the old axiom screams out, who’s responsible? At our […]

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