SWCD promotes stewardship of natural resources

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors met with the Huntington County Commissioners for the signing of a proclamation designating the week of April 28 as  “Stewardship Week.”
The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors met with the Huntington County Commissioners for the signing of a proclamation designating the week of April 28 as “Stewardship Week.” Photo provided.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating its 58th year of Stewardship Week April 28 to May 5.

The 2013 Stewardship Week is themed, "Where does your water shed?"

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed 63 years ago to assist people in Huntington County with information about protecting natural resources, conservation programs, technical assistance and incentive/cost share programs.

During Stewardship Week, the Huntington County SWCD will have an informational display in the Duke Energy window and have provided educational materials to area schools.

"Clean water is important to everyone," says National Association of Conservation Districts Presi- dent Earl Garber.

"Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state and national boundaries. Every inch of the land on planet Earth is part of a watershed. In the continental U.S., there are 2,100 watersheds; if we include Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico, the count rises to 2,267. No matter where you are right now, you are in a watershed."

To find out more about a local watershed, or download a mobile application for your computer and smartphone, visit www.epa. gov/mywaterway.

To continue the promotion of installing conservation practices, the SWCD has two Clean Water Indiana grants in which landowners in the Salamonie River Watershed and the Little (Wabash) River Watershed can apply for incentive and cost share payments.

Funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the SWDC office at 356-6816 ext. 3 or visit the office at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington for more information or to pick up an application.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact Huntington County SWCD at 356-6816 ext. 3 or visit our website at www.hunt ingtonswcd.org.

Complete caption: The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors met with the Huntington County Commissioners for the signing of a proclamation designating the week of April 28 as  “Stewardship Week.” On hand for the signing were (from left)  Dick Norwood and Andy Ambriole, both Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors; Larry Buzzard and Tom Wall, county commissioners; Kyle Lund and Ned Ruble, Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors; and Cheryl Jarrett, Soil and Water Conservation District office manager.