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October 28, 2019by ncdea

WYOMING, Teton CD – Flat Creek is sick, or “impaired” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, but Town of Jackson and Teton Conservation District are revamping efforts to take care of it.

The recent completion of the Flat Creek Watershed Management Plan 2019 Revision, coupled with TOJ’s stormwater improvements and planning efforts, have reinvigorated the ongoing conversation about protecting Flat Creek’s health, TCD says.

According to Carlin Girard, Water Resources Specialist for Teton Conservation District, “20 of the 22 objectives outlined in the Watershed Plan were completed, making the original plan outdated.”

With a grant from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Teton Conservation District led an effort to bring the Flat Creek Watershed Management Plan up to date. The revised plan includes new project ideas, a list of accomplishments, summarizes existing data, and sets discrete goals for water quality and stream health in Flat Creek.

Source: Teton Conservation District and TOJ tackle Flat Creek restoration – Buckrail – Jackson Hole, news



October 28, 2019by ncdea

COLORADO, Mesa CD – Mark Cremeens dug his shovel into the pasture at his Grand Junction ranch, pulling up a mound of grass and soil for the group crowded around him to see. The group was mostly fellow farmers and ranchers on a farm tour Friday morning organized by the Mesa Conservation District.

Conservation District treasurer Rob Breeden said he was happy to see farmers from all over the Western Slope participate in the farm tours. The group visited a vegetable farm and an orchard in addition to Cremeens’ ranch.

“It’s great to do some on the ground, not from a book education,” Breeden said. “Real life, real world experience and hear the challenges people go through.”

Source: Farm tour focuses on healthy soil by eliminating synthetic fertilizers | Western Colorado | gjsentinel.com



September 23, 2019by ncdea

WYOMING, Teton CD – Experts in landscaping and its impact on the environment will hold a panel Monday at the library, giving community members a chance to learn about — and weigh in on — how best to care for private and public land around Teton County.

As the region’s human population grows, so does its potential to harm the surrounding water and wildlife. For example, using large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides can alter rivers and streams. Carlin Girard, water resources specialist with the Teton Conservation District and one of the panelists, argues proper landscaping is a simple step that anyone can take to lessen environmental damage.

“I’ve never heard a meaningful conversation at a community level about the cumulative effect of landscaping practices,” he said. “That is something that’s occurring all over the country, and we’re not leading the charge. We’re trying to start that conversation.”

Source: Love a beautiful lawn? Panel explores ‘green’ landscaping | Local | jhnewsandguide.com


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