Shiawassee Conservation District Newsletter
Shiawassee Conservation District Resource Assessment
The Shiawassee Conservation District develops a Resource Assessment every five years. The assessment evaluates the current condition of Shiawassee County’s natural resources. It is completed with input from Shiawassee County residents so that together we can prioritize where our conservation efforts are most needed.
2016 Shiawassee County Resource Assessment
It is important to learn what nutrients are in your soil, and what nutrients should be added to achieve the best plant growth. Having your soil tested, and following the recommendations can protect our streams, lakes, rivers, and groundwater by avoiding runoff of excess fertilizers, and can save money by not applying what is not needed.
For information on how to take a soil test and how to read the results visit the Michigan State University’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory website.
Farmland and Open Space Preservation Programs
The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program preserves farmland and open space. Visit the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Programs website for more information.
Web Soil Survey
The Web Soil Survey is a free service operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It provides access to soil maps and data across the United States.
It is important to have clean and safe drinking water. Some water quality issues are caused by the distribution system and plumbing the house. The only way to ensure your drinking water is safe is to have it tested.
- Coliforms/E.coli (Bacteriology)
- Partial Chemistry (includes testing for Fluoride, Chloride, Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite, sulfate, Sodium, and Iron)
Some water testing bottles may be available at the Shiawassee Conservation District office or the Shiawassee County Environmental Health Department.
Free Well Water Screening for Nitrates and Nitrites
The Shiawassee Conservation District, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development offers free well water screening annually to test for nitrates and nitrites to help ensure the safety of households who rely on private wells for their drinking water.
Next Well Water Screening Event
Wednesday, July 24 2019, 9 AM – 4 PM
Thursday, July 25 2019, 9 AM – 6 PM
Shiawassee Conservation District, 1900 S. Morrice Rd, Owosso
Tips for Collecting Your Sample:
- Bring your sample in any clean, rinsed out bottle.
- Sample a tap which does not run through any treatment devices (water softener). An outdoor faucet often works best.
- Run water for 15-20 minutes before collecting sample. Do not collect sample through any hoses.
- Three ounces of water is adequate for screening.
- Samples must be less than 48 hours old.
- Screening is for private drinking water wells only. Please do not bring samples from public water supplies or non-drinking sources. Public water supplies are tested regularly.
New Farmer Resources
Agriculture is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. Farming is a tough job, but at the heart of it all you see a vibrant community contributing to the future of our nation’s health and food security. Find the resources you need to get started on the USDA New Farmers website.
Conservation Client Gateway
Conservation Client Gateway is a secure web portal that lets you work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service online. Landowners and land managers can track their payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents.