Barry and Dickinson Conservation Districts Receive DEQ Recognition

Friday, April 04, 2014

Congratulations to the Barry and Dickinson Conservation Districts for receiving the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Nonpoint Source Program's recognition as 2013 Success Stories! 

The Nonpoint Source Program works with stakeholders at the watershed level to support the restoration and enhancement of Michigan's surface water resources by protecting waterbodies from nonpoint pollution sources. Nonpoint sources are the diffuse pollution sources that enter water bodies through multiple sources.

The Barry Conservation District was recognized for their leadership on the Nashville dam removal which took place in 2009. The removal of the dam and installation of a rock ramp restored the river's natural channel and hydraulics, which successfully increased Dissolved Oxygen concentrations to the point that the river is now meeting water quality standards. The success of this project will allow the DEQ to remove a 27 mile reach of the Thornapple River from the DEQ nonattainment list in 2014.  The dam removal also improved fish passage, wildlife and fish habitat and recreational opportunities.

The Dickinson Conservation District was recognized for the Fitzgerald Creek exclusion project which eliminated unlimited cattle access to the creek through the use of best management practices (BMPs) in 2007. The project was part of the Hamilton Creek Watershed project and included two livestock crossings, stream bank stabilization, and 5,510 linear feet of fence to exclude cattle from the stream and wetland. Results of this project showed greatly improved instream habitat and riparian conditions, including increased populations of macroinvertabrates.

The Barry and Dickinson Conservation Districts were recognized during the Michigan Water Environment Association's Watershed Summit which took place on March 26, 2014.

To learn more about these projects, visit the DEQ Water Resource Division's webpage: Updates from the Water Resource Division, or contact the Barry Conservation District or the Dickinson Conservation District,

Ag Day - A Great Day

Monday, March 24, 2014

Michigan Conservation Districts were well represented during Ag Day at the Capital!

I just had to share a few pictures from the event.

The crew looking snazzy in our logo shirts!  Left to Right: Lori Phalen, Art Pelon, Kevin Craig, Angela Warren, Kathy Worst, Melissa Higbee and Becky Huttenga.  

Visiting with Senator Joe Hune, left to right:  Becky Huttenga, Art Pelon, Melissa Higbee and Senator Joe Hune.

Our team spoke with legislators and participants about the great work of Conservation Districts throughout the event.  They shared how CDs operate and how important they are in delivering Farm Bill programs, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program and the Forestry Assistance Initiative to name just two of the many programs delivered to landowners through Conservation Districts.  

Thank you to everyone for participating!!

President Pelon Speaks on Behalf of Conservation Districts at Stabenow Meeting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Senator Debbie Stabenow, our strong agriculture and natural resource supporter in Congress was is in Michigan this week and held two meetings to discuss the Farm Bill with local conservation and agricultural leaders.


Art Pelon, President of MACD attended the event in Frankenmuth on Tuesday, March 18th and had the opportunity to address the Senator during the meeting.  Art stressed the importance of Michigan's Conservation Districts and the need for state financial support to provide for the delivery of the Farm Bill at the local level. 

Michigan Conservation Districts are the local partner with NRCS, assisting and directing program dollars to address local resource concerns.  

MACD is very pleased that Senator Stabenow understands the importance of the Conservation Districts and their role in delivering Farm Bill programs to the local level. 

Conservation Districts Awarded DEQ Funding for Scrap Tire Cleanups

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wayant announced on Friday, March 14th, the grant awards for the 2014 Scrap Tire Cleanup Program.  MACD is pleased that five Conservation Districts were awarded a total of $56,500 for scrap tire cleanup days in their local communities:

Hillsdale Conservation District: $45,000

Jackson Conservation District: $12, 500

Mason-Lake Conservation District: $3,000

Missaukee Conservation District: $3,000

Ogemaw Conservation District: $3,000

Several other communities were awarded funding through the program which in 2014 will provide funding for the complete cleanup of seven scrap tire sites and 27 community cleanup days.  To learn more about the program, visit the DEQ Scrap Tire Program Page.  To learn more about the Conservation Districts that received a Scrap Tire Program grant, click on the name of the Conservation District above.

To view the grant announcement press release, click here.