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August 29, 2019by ncdea

NEW YORK, Cayuga County SWCD – In August 1944, the Cayuga County Board of Supervisors, now the Legislature, decided soil conservation and erosion control were “problems of a public concern.”

To address those problems, the board authorized the creation of what is now the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District. As the district celebrates its 75th anniversary this month, Executive Director Doug Kierst said a lot has changed since then, but the agency’s commitment to protecting natural resources hasn’t.

“You always keep boots under your desk,” Kierst said.

Since its founding, the district’s work has expanded to include a wide array of programs district staff can implement with both governments and municipalities and landowners, especially farms.

In addition to the original duties of soil conservation and erosion control, the district has expanded into other responsibilities like public education, wastewater management and economic development, just to name a few.

But that doesn’t mean the agency has gotten away from its roots, Kierst said, far from it, in fact, as a great deal of the district’s work still includes earthy work like streambank stabilization, reforestation, pasture improvement, water quality and more.

Source: Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District still solving problems after 75 years | Local News |

August 10, 2019by ncdea

NEW YORK, Cortland County SWCD – Whey Street Dairy in Cuyler has been owned and operated by the Young family for 60 years. Co-owners Marty and Mary Ann Young have been running it for the past 39.

They’re now being honored for their decades of dedication and community leadership in conservation.

The Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District nominated the farm for the award, which also has provided them assistance with their conservation efforts.

“Congratulations to the Young family, Whey Street Dairy and the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District for this award, which recognizes the hard work they have put into protecting the land and water,” said Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball

Source: Whey Street Dairy Farm In Cuyler Wins Annual State Award For Conservation Efforts | X101 Always Classic

August 5, 2019by ncdea

NEW YORK, Columbia County SWCD – Learn about wetlands and their economic and enviornmental value at “Liquidity — Exploring the Diversity and Values of Wetlands in Columbia County,” a forum sponsored by the Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Hudson River Estuary Program on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 state Route 66.

The free program will explore the diverse wetlands of the Hudson Valley, their economic and environmental values, and the need to presrve them.

Source: Program on Columbia County wetlands slated for Aug. 13 in Ghent | Local News |

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