Soil & Water Conservation E-News

September 5, 2017

Licking Soil & Water Seeking Conservation Minded Leaders

The Licking Soil & Water Board actively seeks interested, conservation-minded leaders to continue our mission of promoting conservation of natural resources through local leadership, education, and technical assistance.  Board members, elected by county residents and landowners, help chart the course for soil and water conservation and natural resources management in Licking County.  The Board also provides supervision to the District Administrator, oversight of fiscal decisions and technical expertise.  

Two Board members will be elected on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, during our Annual Banquet.  To be considered as a candidate, contact Nominating Committee Chair, Megan Evans,, 740-670-5330 by September 14, 2017.
River Round Up Needs You!

Help clean up streams and rivers in your community during RIVER ROUND UP, Saturday, September 9Register here.  Volunteers are still needed for the following sites:
  • Pataskala's South Fork Licking River - walking
  • Hebron's Canal Park - walking     
  • Heath's Ramp Creek - walking
  • Newark's North Fork Licking River - walking
Want to help but don’t want to get wet?  Sign up to help with registration the morning of the event.

Can’t help on Saturday during River Round Up?  Help pack and deliver supplies on Wednesday, September 6.  Call 740-670-5330 for more information.
NEW! Landowner Meeting  

Whether you recently purchased land or have lived in the area for years, join us for an informational evening to learn about the programs, opportunities and funding available through local, state and federal agencies.  Licking and Knox County Farm Bureaus will host the meeting on September 20, 2017 at Utica High School 260 North Jefferson Street, Utica, OH 43080 from 6:30-8 pm.  

Participating agencies include CAUV Department (County Auditor), Soil & Water Conservation, Farm Service Agency, Nationwide Insurance, Licking Land Trust, NRCS and Farm Credit Mid-America, among others. Each organization will give a short overview about programs and services that organization offers.  Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with representatives in a trade show format.  For additional information visit or contact Soil & Water at 740-670-5330.
Stewardship Credits for Sale

Help support our work in Licking County by purchasing Conservation Credits.  Anyone interested in improving water quality and ecosystems within the Muskingum River Watershed can purchase credits.  Businesses typically purchase credits for one or more of the following reasons:
  • To advance their corporate sustainability goals through the purchase of quantifiable nutrient reductions as well as improving the health of their ecosystem
  • To support local, on-the-ground conservation efforts in the communities where they do business
Just like any other water quality credit, Conservation Credits are quantified, verified representations of pollution reduction. The credits being marketed by the Muskingum Watershed Joint Board include reductions in phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment pollution into our watershed as well as a host of additional ecosystem benefits from these pollution reductions.

Learn more at or contact Denise Natoli Brooks, information@lickingswcd.com740-670-5330.
Welcome AmeriCorps Staff Member

We welcome Kennedy Gardner, our new Outreach & Education Liaison through AmeriCorps.  Kennedy recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Environment and Natural Resources, specializing in ecosystem restoration with a minor in engineering sciences.  Read more here.
Milkweed Pod Collection Begins

Monarch butterfly populations and the habitat they need are in decline across North America, Mexico and Canada. Ohio is a priority state for monarch migration and fourth-generation monarchs. Fourth-generation monarchs are the individuals that will travel back to Mexico, spend the winter there, and then start their amazing life cycle all over again in the spring, ending back up in Ohio the next summer.  Read more here.
Annual Banquet and Volunteer Recognition Set for November 8

SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Banquet and Volunteer Recognition, Wednesday evening, Nov 8, at The Grove by the River, 840 Hollander Street, Newark, OH  43055.  The Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Supervisors Election will take place from 5:30p - 6:30p.  Dinner will be served at 6:30p followed by the Awards Presentation at 7:15p.
Rain Barrels and Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can be a summertime pest which no one enjoys. The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) reminds residents about the health dangers associated with mosquitoes, including mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile and Zika viruses and St. Louis and Lacrosse Encephalitis. If improperly managed, a rain barrel could become a mosquito habitat.  Read more here.
Volunteers Needed!

Here are just a few of the ways you can help:

A BIG thanks to our 2017 Sponsors whose generous donations help us grow our educational programs!  Click here to donate.
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