MINNESOTA, Cook County SWCD – Hot off the press! The Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been hard at work creating a helpful tool for local lakeshore property owners, the Shoreland Stewardship Resource Guide.
It’s a full-color, 40-page booklet, filled with advice on ways to manage shoreline property to protect water quality. But the booklet is in no way a dry recitation of rules and regulations. It is filled with useful information on watersheds, the benefits of shoreline buffer zones, and practical tips on reducing runoff and pollution.
ILLINOIS, Macon County CD – Volunteers on Saturday explored the Sangamon River’s wildlife and tested for water quality.
Melody Arnold, an educator at the Macon County Conservation District, said the volunteers who began their work near the Lincoln Trail Homestead were looking for creatures large and small, including larvae of dragonflies and mayflies, freshwater mussels, fish and turtles.
They also discussed techniques used by the Illinois RiverWatch Network, a volunteer stream monitoring program that aims to turn people into “citizen scientists” who can help report conditions.
“That’s one way that scientists are able to keep track of what’s happening with our streams without having to go out there themselves,” Arnold said.
MICHIGAN, Marquette County CD – Farming isn’t just for the country life, it’s also happening in the city on rooftops, in backyards, on balconies, in community gardens, vacant lots, parks and roadside space…To meet the demand for information on these practices, the Marquette County Conservation District is offering free urban agriculture workshops this summer.
“We are really excited about this workshop series because there is a real need and interest in urban agriculture in Marquette County and we are really excited that we have that opportunity to fill that need,” said Jaime Beranek, urban agriculture assistant coordinator for the Marquette County Conservation District.
Thanks to a $30,000 grant awarded by the National Association of Conservation Districts, every second Saturday from June through September from 10 a.m. to noon at different locations, the MCCD will host a free workshop on various topics such as low-tech ways to extend the gardening season, raising chickens and rabbits, proper composting practices, native plants and pollinators.
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