By: John Hazlett, Marion County SWCD District Manager On September 27th, local corporation Cummins partnered with Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) and Indy Parks Land Stewardship for a day of native habitat establishment at Spades and Brookside Parks as part of Indy Do Day. I really enjoyed working with Cummins volunteers, Land Stewardship and ROW staff, as well as Bloomington-based contractor Eco Logic. Together we planted over 900 native plugs in Spades Park near the park shelter and playground areas. The weather was perfect and several yards of leaf compost mulch were utilized to amend the soils for planting a [...]
Indiana’s agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns on their land are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Pro-gram (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Re-sources Conservation Service (NRCS). Jane Hardisty, NRCS State Conservationist, announced that December 15, 2017 will be the EQIP application deadline in Indiana. “While we take EQIP applications throughout the year, applications received after December 15th will be considered in future announced application rounds. I encourage producers with resource concerns on their land to submit an application by the deadline,” Hardisty explains. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available for agricultural [...]
Erosion Control for Winter Construction By Cheyenne Hoffa, Resource Conservationist Controlling erosion and sediment on construction sites is a year-round battle. With winter right around the corner, the snow and ice that is to come will give the soil on site a break from active construction and rainfall. Once spring rolls around, you will be sure to see many of the erosion control practices in place failing due to snow and ice melt, which can produce high volumes of runoff. Be proactive by identifying areas that will be subject to concentrated flow during snow melt or winter rains. [...]
The Marion County SWCD is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Resource Conservationist Cheyenne Hoffa! Cheyenne recently graduated from Purdue University. She will be leading our Stormwater Pollution Prevention program which includes inspecting construction sites for erosion control. She can be reached by sending a request through our contact page, or by emailing her directly via our staff page. You can learn more about Cheyenne in our latest newsletter!
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