The Eaton Conservation District is currently seeking a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician. The MAEAP Technician will be responsible for the delivery of MAEAP through on-farm technical assistance, using farm risk assessments, education and conservation plan development to implement practices and coordinate local, state, and federal agency resources to help reduce identified environmental risks and make progress toward MAEAP verification.
Application Deadline: October 5, 2017 Send cover letter, resume and list of 3 references to: Eaton Conservation District, 551 Courthouse Dr., Ste 3, Charlotte, MI 48813 Attn: Sue Spagnuolo or email email@example.com.
MAEAP Program Technician Position Description
If you have any questions about this position, please contact Sue Spagnuolo at 517-543-1512 x 5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn About Water Pollution & Enjoy a Day on the River!
Kanoe the Kazoo is an annual canoe trip to promote recreation in the Kalamazoo River watershed and raise awareness about non-point source pollution that threatens water quality in our watershed. The City of Charlotte, Olivet, and the Village of Bellevue would like to invite guests to join us in a local canoe/kayak adventure on Indian Creek (tributary of the Battle Creek River). This year's event will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:00am.
If you need to rent a boat the cost is $40, which includes the boat, paddles, and life jackets. A small registration fee of $10 is requested and will cover the cost of an event t-shirt and lunch.
You are welcome to bring your own canoe/kayak if you have one. We will work together as far as shuttling participants. Sign-in for the float will be at Shrontz Memorial Park in Olivet at 9:00am. Participants will be shuttled out to V-Drive North, where the float will begin. You will then float back to Shrontz Memorial Park in Olivet and arrive at approximately 1:00pm. There will be a BBQ lunch and a short educational program following the canoe trip.
Please register before September 15 to receive your t-shirt and lunch.
Fill out this Registration Form and return it to:
City of Olivet
C/O Erin Bierley
117 S. Main St.
PO Box 367
Olivet, MI 49076
Checks should be payable to "City of Olivet."
If you have questions, please call Matt Griffith at (517) 231-2324 or Phil Smith at (269) 317-2220.
Enter your best photograph of Eaton County and you could win!
EATON CONSERVATION DISTRICT 2017 PHOTO CONTEST
1. Color or black and white photo accepted
2. Only one photo may be entered
3. Photos should be 8" x 10" on photo quality paper
3. Photos must be taken in Eaton County
4. All entries should have a natural resource theme. Ideas include: wildlife, landscapes, agriculture, and people enjoying nature.
5. Amateur photographers only please
Entry Deadline: November 14th!!
2017 Photo Contest Entry Form (Download here)
1st place $50 Visa Gift Card
2nd place $25 Visa Gift Card
3rd place $15 Visa Gift Card
You do not have to live in Eaton County to participate and you need not be present to win. All entries become the property of the Eaton Conservation District and the District reserves the right to use all photographs in publications or for promotional purposes.
If you have any questions, please call the office at (517) 543-1512 x 5.
The Eaton Conservation District will be screening drinking water well samples for nitrate on July 10 from 12-6pm at the Eaton County Fair in Kardell Hall. This is a FREE water test.
The screening is sponsored by the Eaton Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). It is paid for by funds generated from Michigan pesticide and fertilizer registration and tonnage fees.
Samples from drinking water wells will be screened for nitrate and nitrite only. Public water supplies are tested regularly. Please DO NOT bring samples from public water supplies or non-drinking water sources. You do not have to have a special bottle for this screening. Any small, clean jar will work - 1 ounce of water is enough.
Please follow the directions below to sample your well. Collect samples just before bringing them to the fairgrounds for testing. Samples must be less than 48 hours old for a valid nitrite result.
1. Fill out the water Sample Information Sheet.
2. Pick a tap that supplies water that has NOT run through any treatment devices (water softener, carbon filter, etc.). An outdoor faucet often works well.
3. Run the water for 20-30 minutes before collecting the sample. This will give the pump time to flush the water pressure tank and plumbing so you can collect a valid sample. Disconnect any hoses before collecting the sample; DO NOT sample through a hose. Rinse the sample bottle and lid thoroughly in the water to be sampled; then fill and cap the bottle.
4. Label the bottle clearly with your name, the sampling date, and the wll name (cottage well, Mom's well, etc.) using a waterproof pen. Put the sample information sheet into a waterproof bag and then seal the water sample and the information into a second waterproof bag.
5. Keep the sample dark and cold (on ice or refrigerated) until it is dropped off.
All results are confidential.
Be sure to fill out the Sample Information Sheet completely and bring it with your water sample to the drop-off. You can get more information from the Eaton Conservation District office at 517-543-1512 x 5, or from your local MAEAP Technician, Jay Korson at the same number.
Seeking New Board Member to Join Us!
June 14, 2017
The Eaton Conservation District (ECD) Board of Directors is currently seeking an interested candidate to fill a Director position on the on the ECD Board of Directors to complete an unfinished term due to expire in January 2018. The vacancy will be filled by an appointment by the board until the next ECD Annual Meeting held in January 2018. The candidate must be a resident of Eaton County.
As locally elected public officials, members of the Board of Directors of Michigan Conservation Districts are responsible for the operation and management of the Conservation District. District Directors develop policy implemented by employees and make all major decisions with regard to a district’s programs and activities. As an ECD Director you are expected to attend and participate in the district board meetings which are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 9 am in the basement conference room of 551 Courthouse Drive, Charlotte.
All interested applicants are asked to submit a notice of their interest in writing and mail to Eaton Conservation District, 551 Courthouse Drive, Ste 3, Charlotte, MI 48813 by June 26, 2017. Please include a brief summary of any relevant interests or skills that you would share in this position.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Sue Spagnuolo, Executive Director, at 517-588-6299.
Come visit the Eaton Conservation District (ECD) at this year's Lansing Home and Garden Show at the MSU Pavilion. The event will run March 16-19, 2017.
From the event website:
"The strongest Home & Garden show in the Mid-Michigan area fills the MSU Pavilion on the campus of Michigan State University. Incredible gardens, extensive landscaping projects, a Standard Flower Show and four free seminar stages surround hundreds of exhibits featuring construction, remodeling, kitchens & baths, retail garden centers, pools and spas and home services."
ECD will be sharing a booth with the newly formed Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (MM-CISMA). Eaton County is part of the MM-CISMA and ECD is working along with Ingham, Clinton, and Ionia counties to combat invasive species in Mid-Michigan. The MM-CISMA targets Japanese knotweed, black swallow-wort, and invasive phragmites. Come see what ECD and the MM-CISMA have been up to and how you can get involved.
If you are planning on attending THURSDAY or FRIDAY (March 16-17), click the picture below to receive $2 off your entrance fee. This offer is only valid for these two days and for online purchases only.
Eaton Conservation District would like to recognize Matt Griffith of Charlotte for his efforts in protecting Eaton county's natural resources, especially our water. Matt joined Charlotte Public Works in June 2006 and is currently Superintendent of Utilities.
He is a key figure in Charlotte's Science Adventure Camp held every summer since 2012. Matt has been instrumental in finding presenters, giving presentations himself, preparing the park set-up, purchasing supplies, and cooking lunch for volunteers. One hundred 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students participated in 2016 and what Matt does behind the scenes keeps this event running smoothly. You will also find Matt at the annual October 1st River Conservation Day river cleanup. For 12 years Matt has been a key player in making sure this very important event goes off without a hitch. Matt is also a crucial factor in the successful Canoe the K-Zoo event held the past three years in the Kalamazoo River watershed. Last year, more than 40 paddlers enjoyed themselves due to the organizational effort Matt puts into the registration, set-up, and food preparation.
As an active member of the Wellhead Protection Team, Matt co-manages the meetings, agendas, and grant application work necessary to keep the Wellhead Protection Plan updated in order to effectively protect and preserve our county's drinking water.
Above picture taken at the 2016 Charlotte River Conservation Day, Matt Griffith pictured left.
The MacNaughton family farm was established in 1905 by Sidney MacNaughton. Sidney, Keith, and third generation Ron MacNaughton milked cows and in 1953 Keith and Ron purchased their first Herefords. In 1965, Keith and Ron sold the dairy cows and the Herefords took over.
Ron took over the farming operation completely in 1983. His son Jeff helped work on the farm while growing up and enjoyed showing Herefords for more than 20 years with his parents. Ron and wife Jill maintain a smaller herd of about 10 cows on the Grand Ledge farm. They still enjoy showing and sell a select few bulls, heifers, and steers. The farm primarily grows corn, soybeans, and wheat. Ron and Jill still bale their share of hay and straw every summer as well.
In 2012, Ron worked with Tim Redder, NRCS District Conservationist, and applied for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Together they developed a rotational grazing program and Ron is currently working on becoming Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verified in Farmstead and Livestock.
Eaton Conservation District would like to recognize the MacNaughtons for their efforts in protecting our natural resources by awarding them the Cooperator of the Year Award.
The Eaton Conservation District would like to acknowledge Dr. George Silva for his 30 years of service to Michigan State University with the Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Silva joined MSU in 1986 as a Research Specialist in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. In 1994, Silva joined Michigan State University Extension as a Project Manager of the 35,000-acre Sycamore Creek Watershed Project. His educational initiatives to preserve water quality by reducing non-point source contamination of sediment, fertilizers, and pesticides contributed to an 18% reduction in nitrogen and a 20% reduction in phosphorus fertilizer inputs in the watershed.
In 1997 he took on a dual role as Field Crops and Horticulture Extension Educator. He has served as an exemplary model in fulfilling the MSU Extension's pivotal role in applying unbiased, research-based knowledge to critical issues, needs, and opportunities. He uses his excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills to foster special relationships with both private and public agribusinesses.
Dr. Silva has won numerous awards for programming excellence, including the North Central Regional Communication Award and the Applied Research Poster Competition in 2007 at the National Association Meeting. These coveted awards were given in recognition of educational outreach efforts in value-added agriculture, environmental stewardship, and web-based technology. Dr. Silva is a firm believer in the use of technology for MSU outreach. He is committed to maintaining and enhancing MSU Extension's local, state, and international reputation for excellence. He has consistently implemented on-farm, hands-on research and demonstration projects and delivers timely information.
In 1999, Dr. Silva started the Eaton County Master Gardener volunteer training program. This program has trained 350 certified Master Gardener volunteers. The Lansing State Journal frequently consults Dr. Silva to publish gardening articles. He appears regularly on TV Channels 6 and 10. Additionally, he has been a regular guest speaker at local schools, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and gardening associations.
George is currently Senior Extension Educator for Eaton, Ingham, Barry, and Livingston counties. His list of accomplishments and awards, published publications, certifications, and experiences are so much more than this space allows. The important fact is the remarkable contribution that Dr. Silva has given to Eaton county, and for that we are grateful.
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