Clay County Natural Resource Concerns to be topic of Local Work Group Meeting

The Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a Local Work Group meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the USDA Service Center located at 955 W. Craig Ave., Brazil, IN 47834 beginning at 6:00 PM.

The 2014 Farm Bill designates the Local Working Groups as subcommittees of the State Technical Committee. This meeting is open to the public and should consist of representatives from both the public and private entities interested in conservation in Clay County. Our guests are encouraged to provide input on the wide range of natural resource and agricultural concerns within the scope of State outlined resource priorities.

Information discussed and gathered at this meeting will help maintain the highest quality technical assistance and serve as an advisory committee that may be utilized by USDA, NRCS with future conservation dollars. These efforts are intended to aid in maintaining a resource base that provides for the present and a future quality of living and for generations to come.

Again, this year we are asking the Local Work Groups to discuss how well Indiana’s current technical information and programs address the identified local resource concerns. There will also be an opportunity for individuals to complete a survey that will be forwarded on to the Indiana State Technical Committee to assist them in evaluating their local, state and national conservation efforts.

During this meeting we will also review current conservation practices of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). Once priority resource concerns are identified, the top concerns are selected and ranked to be used in the ranking process for EQIP and WHIP for 2017 applications. For more information, please contact the Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District at 812-448-1108 ext 3. Information will also be made available on the Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District FACEBOOK page and the CCSWCD Website at

Clay County Nature Day

Purdue Extension is putting on its 8th annual Nature Day at the Clay County 4-H fairgrounds on September 10, 2016.

The Clay County SWCD will be present, and will be involved in the Creek Stomp portion of the field day. Activities will include examples of water sampling for chemicals, and aquatic life. Also the Clay County 319 Grant Coordinator will be discussing water quality, nonpoint source pollution, and what we can do as landowners to help improve and preserve our rivers and streams through available programs.  2016 Nature Day flyer1