It’s no secret that every tax funded agency has been under scrutiny the past several years to justify its existence, and soil and water conservation districts are no different. While the value of conservation to society is long-established, putting an actual dollar value on clean water, clean air, open spaces and productive soils is elusive. […]
Over the next few months, soil and water conservation districts will be having their annual meetings and open houses. These events will showcase all the conservation activities within the district for the past year.
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 […]
This summer, the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with the Pomerene Center for the Arts and the farming community for a special project this summer. This project was done in honor of Coshocton’s bicentennial and agriculture’s prominent and enduring place in our county history.
Everyone likes a success story, and when Maggie Corder from Jefferson SWCD wrote a couple of weeks ago about the things that were done in her county to improve the quality of water in Yellow Creek, she inspired me to write about the work that’s just beginning here in Noble County. Mining This story began […]
It’s that time of year! Late summer is when we typically begin to see the beautiful large, light gray webs enclosing branch tips of a variety of trees. As a child, I remember how much fun it was to take sticks and beat down the webs. The worms would come falling out, extremely agitated, I […]
t’s hard to beat a cold glass of clear refreshing water to quench your thirst. I’ve been drinking a lot of water to beat the heat and I imagine you have too.
With its natural beauty and high water quality, Yellow Creek watershed is one of eastern Ohio’s best kept secrets. Encompassing 234 square miles, it flows through Jefferson, Carroll, and Columbiana counties, and a small portion of Harrison County before entering the Ohio River near Hammondsville. Yellow Creek lies east of the Flushing Escarpment, the drainage […]
What is with this rain? I have never seen this kind of rain before. We are getting 100-year rain events every year — how can this be? Feeling “flooded” with these thoughts and problems and wondering why? It might help to explain rainfall and what these storm events mean. Statistical probability Storm events are classified […]
Summertime is here, and with it comes a tradition — the Conservation Camp! Many of Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts sponsor these camps each year, helping to reach local youngsters in a way that is both fun and educational. Understanding It is a well known fact that people need to care about something […]
Attention, all livestock producers: Ohio is changing. The days of “don’t worry about it until someone complains” is not such a good idea anymore. It’s not easy farming today. Aside from the weather and commodity markets, now you need to worry even more about water quality, soil erosion and your neighbors. Complaints A vast majority […]
Water management is essential for mosquito control. Eggs do not hatch unless they are in water. Any standing water that becomes stagnant is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.
If you still remember a painful encounter with the “business end” of an ill-tempered honey bee, you are likely to have limited appreciation for the value of these unique insects. But, appreciation is indeed deserved. The honey bee’s well-known contribution of honey is far out-shadowed by its value as a pollinator of food, fiber and […]
We get to meet a lot of interesting and dedicated people at the local soil and water office. I answered the telephone recently and was asked, “My neighbor said some government program would pay me to build fence to keep cattle out of the creek. Do you know anything about that?” Choosing programs I explained […]
Most aquatic insects live in the bottom of our streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. They are good indicators of a water’s health because they live in the water for all or most of their lives, differ in their tolerance to amount and types of pollution and stay in areas suitable for their survival.
Like most people, radio stations, diner conversations and forecasters, the talk of late has been about the dreaded wet weather we have been experiencing. Even when the sun does come out, we have a long ways to go before the fields dry up. Although it may feel good to vent, complaining doesn’t change the situation. […]
Many soil and water conservation offices have been busy working with high school students who compete in the area Envirothons. For those unfamiliar with the Envirothon, it is an environmental education competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of soil, forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife and current environmental issues. Envirothon. In Ohio, the Envirothon is sponsored […]
I love those moments when I am talking with someone about a natural resources issue and I actually see the light bulb turn on. I had one of those moments several summers ago on a camping trip with one of my close friends, and recollect it proudly on rainy days like these. We were about […]
This year, we have seen a tremendous amount of water due to snow melt and several 2- to 4-inch rainfall events.
As I write this, it’s raining. Again. And the weather forecast shows little clouds with raindrops and lightning bolts almost every day this week. But you don’t need me to remind you that we had some wet and wild weather this past winter and spring. And a drive through the countryside shows the toll it’s […]