Locally Led Meeting and 319 Grant Stakeholder Meeting, September 25, 2017

The Clay County SWCD will be holding two annual meetings on Monday September 25th  at the Clay County Purdue Extension Office.

The first meeting is the Clay County Locally Led Meeting for FY18. The purpose of this meeting is to assist in prioritizing the resource concerns at a county level for the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s programs including EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) and WHIP (Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program). This meeting gives members of the community a chance to make recommendations on our local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs. This meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The second meeting is the annual Stakeholder Meeting for the Lower Eel River Watershed 319 Grant. The purpose of this meeting is to update members of the community on the progress, and accomplishments of the Lower Eel River Watershed 319 Grant.  This will include an overview of the conservation practices, educational events, and water quality monitoring completed through the grant thus far. It will also include an outlook for the coming year including future events, remaining cost-share money available, and potential future grant funding. This is an opportunity to get updated on, or become familiar with the Lower Eel River Watershed 319 grant. It is also a valuable opportunity to provide your insight and feedback for grant programs and events for the coming year. This meeting will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Following these annual meetings, the Clay County SWCD will be holding their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Attendees are welcome to stay for this meeting if they would like. If you have any questions please contact the Clay County SWCD at 812-446-8986 ext. 3.



1st Annual Owen County Water Day! September 23, 2017

Hosted by Owen County SWCD and Purdue ExtensionDetails:
Saturday, September 23, 2017
9am- 1pm
Cooper Commons- MYPath Trailhead Shelter, Spencer, IN
Parking and Rain Location- 4H Fairgrounds

Free, kid-friendly event
Community event to celebrate the White River watershed with a focus on water quality, water conservation and water safety.

Silly Safaris live animal program at 11am with Crocodile Kelly! Don’t miss this, it will be super fun and informative too!

Hands-on activity stations:
– Aquatic Turtles from McCormick’s Creek State Park Nature Center
– Bean Blossom Patricksburg Water Company
– “Ducky Derby” interactive water game
– “Portable Creek” to look at macroinvertebrates with Clay County Watershed Coordinator
– Rain Simulation and cover crop demos with Greene County Watershed Coordinator
– Pictures with Walter the Water Drop
– Free handouts and materials
– More to be added!

Questions- Contact Andrea at the Owen County Soil and Water Conservation office (812-829-2605, andrea-oeding@iaswcd.org)

Crop Production Services Fish Fry & Cover Crop Demo Plot/Q&A September 7th

On September 7, 2017 the Clay City Branch of Crop Production Services is holding their annual customer appreciation fish fry dinner. The fish fry dinner is free of charge, and the event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At this event there will be the opportunity to view a cover crop demo plot, provided by Byron Seed dealer Ron Scherb. In addition to seeing the different varieties and mixes of cover crops, Doris Scully (NRCS Tech Team Leader) and Brian Morgan (Vermillion County Farmer) will be in attendance to answer any cover crop management questions that you may have.

This is a great opportunity to get answers to many cover crop management questions such as how to deal with termination, insects, slug damage, and planting into standing cover crops. Laura Stearley, our District Technician will also be in attendance to provide information on our various grant programs including the Clean Water Indiana Grant (CWI), and the Lower Eel River Watershed 319 Grant.

Fall Forestry Workshop, November 4, 2017


Sponsoring agencies:  Sycamore Trails RC&D Forestry/Invasive/Education Committees and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Event Name: 2017 Fall Forestry Workshop

Event Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Event Location: Froehde Woods-Hunt Street-Terre Haute, IN 

Cost of the event: $5.00 per person  (Note: this will include lunch, RSVP is required for lunch planning purposes)

Contact Number: Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District-Jennifer Creager-812-446-8986 x 3  551 E US HWY 40 Suite B Brazil, IN  47834

Outreach for this event will be through local surrounding county newspapers, Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District website https://www.claycountyswcd.com/  and Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Clay-County-Soil-and-Water-Conservation-District-608219315917113/ , Flyers at local SWCD Offices and Sycamore Trails RC&D Office/website-stay tuned for further information


Purdue Extension Nature Day, September 9th

Clay County Purdue Extension will be hosting their annual nature day on Saturday, September 9th. This a great event for people of all ages with many interesting booths, seminars, and activities for children and adults alike. Best of all, IT’S FREE!

The Clay County SWCD staff will be present providing information and education on our water resources, watersheds, and water quality through the use of an Augmented Reality Sandbox see link (https://youtu.be/CE1B7tdGCw0), as well as the annual creek stomp. These are great opportunites for children to learn about these topics, while having a lot of fun in the process.

Indiana Young Birders Conference, August 19th

This is a great event for young birders, and adults alike near Carmel, Indiana. This is a great event for children to get to enjoy nature, and learn about birding! The cost is 20 dollars for adults (19 and over), 10 dollars for young birders (12-18), and free for children 11 and under. The cost of lunch is included in the entry cost. If you would like to register go to (https://indianaaudubon.org/event/iybc-conference/).

Rainbarrel & Composter Sale

2017 CCSWCD Rainbarrel/Composter Sale

Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District is currently having a Rainbarrel /Composter Sale. The price of the Rainbarrels are $67.00 and the price of the composters are $125.00. We will be taking orders now through Thursday, July 21, 2017. Delivery will be Wednesday, August 2, 2017.  Orders must be prepaid.

The Rain barrels and Composters are from Upcycle Products. This is the same company we used last year.  We are attracted to this company because they take various sized plastic food grade barrels and “UPCYCLE” them.  Which in short means: they take a product that would usually be waste in our landfills and turn it into something that is useful such as a rain barrel and/or composter.

Nowadays, owning a rain barrel seems to be a way to conserve and save money, not to mention

how great they look decorated. They also make a great gift for birthdays, Mother/Father’s Day and have

that personalized touch when decorated by the kids and/or grandkids. For more information on this please Google or search decorating a rainbarrel or something similar. The possibilities are endless.

So what are the benefits of owning a rain barrel?

Free water‐You save money. You will have a supply of FREE natural rain water to use around

your home and garden. Average size of the rain barrel is 55 gallons.

Reduces storm water runoff‐collecting rainwater reduces run‐off, which reduces nutrient and

sediment load. Sedimentation is the number one pollutant in our rivers, lakes and streams.

Reserve source of water during drought‐Helps save plants and newly planted trees in times of


Better for Plants and Gardens‐rainwater stored in rain barrels is naturally soft water and

devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals, thus plants respond very well to

rainwater. After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!

YOU are impacting the environment‐Actions have impacts. Its responsible conservation and a

“GREEN” alternative. You are not only preventing plastic barrels from entering the waste

stream at our landfills you are also conserving our water supply.

COMPOST BARRELS-If you are not familiar with composting you might ask why do people compost. Here again saving money is definitely a reason.  However, plants need more than just the nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium found in most of the “balanced” fertilizers.  For plants to stay healthy and grow strong they also need dozens of micronutrients.  The plants benefit from organically active soil.  The organically active soil helps prevent bacterial and fungal diseases and attracts earthworms, which further enrich the soil.  Compost adds all of these features. The compost at the store is usually composted cow manure.  This still works, however its basically giving your plants the same nutrients that the cows eat.  The compost though made from your yard waste and kitchen scraps has a greater nutritional load and its free.  Remember Healthy Soil is Happy Soil.

If you are interested in purchasing a rainbarrel or composter or have questions please stop by our office located at 955 W. Craig Ave. Brazil, IN, or call us at 812-446-8986 ext 3.

CCSWCD Farm Tour 2017

Clay County Soil and Water is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2017 Farm Tour. What is the 2017 Farm Tour? It is a two day/1 night educational trip in which local citizens visit various conservation, agriculture and natural resource stops. This year’s trip has a local focus. Stops on this year’s trips include: Day 1 We will be departing from the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds and head to Honeysuckle Hill Beestro where we will be having a wonderful breakfast and an educational segment on bees. Next we will take a step back in time and take a look at antique tractors and farming tools and get a chance to hear stories of times long ago. Next its off to the Indianapolis Zoo to see the dolphin show and learn how what we do upstream effects all those down stream, there will be a focus on Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and see these amazing creatures in action. Next we will visit DOW Agro-Sciences, LLC, where we will learn of innovative solutions that improve the way the world farms, from innovative hybrids and seed varietites to healthy oils. We will conclude the day with some R&R at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina. (dinner will be on your own-options include the Wind Jammer Grill, Tradewinds Waterfront Restaurant or order pizza and take it to your room). This hotel has great views and hotel highlights include a fitness center, indoor/outdoor salt water pool, outdoor recreation area and more. Day 2- After enjoying a delicious breakfast at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina, we will head to the Southwest Purdue Ag Center. Here we will learn of high tunnels, various research projects and the John Deere/Heavy Diesel Technology teaching facility. We will have a box lunch from PEA-Fections. Next Stop-Melon Acres where our focus will be on watermelons and cantaloupe. We will then visit Sullivan County Landowner and his conservation practices. Then its back to Clay County but our tour is far from over. Once back in Clay County we will (pending final confirmation) visit Pasttime Farm-a solar farm developed by Cypress Creek Renewables of Santa Monica, CA. We will then all be dining together at Pappy’s Bar-B-Que and last but not least there will be one last amazing educational stop at Greener Scenes. The cost of this trip is $395.00 per couple/$252.00 for a Single/$198.00 for a Split or $166.00 for a quad. RSVP your spot today and/or pick up your registration brochure by calling 812-446-8986 x 3 or by stopping by 955 W. Craig Ave, Brazil, IN 47834. We hope you can join us on this year’s trip! This is a great opportunity to meet new friends, have fun and learn alot about our natural resources.