MACD News Blog

MACD Supports SepticSmart Week

Friday, September 14, 2018

MACD is pleased to support SepticSmart Week.

SepticSmart Week of September 17-21, 2018, highlights the importance of septic system maintenance to protect public health, preserving our groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and helping home owners avoid costly repairs.

The following proclamation was signed to support this important effort:

WHEREAS, proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health, preserving our highly valued groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and avoiding costly repairs that can result from neglect; and

WHEREAS, Michigan Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SepticSmart program is used by Michigan Conservation Districts to educate homeowners about the need for proper septic system use and routine maintenance; and

WHEREAS, residents and the environment of Michigan benefit from properly designed, installed, operated, and maintained septic systems;

NOW THEREFORE, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts do hereby proclaim the week of September 17-21, 2018 as SepticSmart Week. The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts and the 75 Conservation District members, urge Michigan citizens to join us in this special observance.

Art Pelon, President
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
August 31, 2018

Allegan CD Awarded Great Lake Commission Grant

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Great Lakes Commission recently awarded the Allegan Conservation District $180,000 for the Performance-Based Agricultural Conservation Project in the Gun River Watershed.

This 3-year performance-based agricultural gran encourages implementation of new best management practices to reduce sediment loading into the Gun River Watershed. Producers/landowners will be eligible to receive reimbursement payments for the implementation of new best management practices on their land through this program. Producers and landowners who are eligible and choose to participate will receive $150.00 for every ton of sediment that is kept on their field(s) by implementing these practices. The Allegan Conservation District is utilizing an innovative program to calculate the total payment a program participant is eligible for before any contracts are signed. Producers/landowners can sign-up any time during the program, receiving yearly reimbursements respective of their enrollment and acceptance into the program.  

The Gun River watershed encompasses 73,272 acres of land that drain into the Kalamazoo River and Allegan Lake before flowing to Lake Michigan. This watershed has been significantly altered, primarily due to agricultural development which is the biggest land use in the area (48%). 

This project proposes to enroll 1,500 acres over the three-year project period, which will reduce sediment loading by an estimated 690 tons. 

For further details, contact Allegan Conservation District Executive Director Tori Harris at (269) 673-6940, ext. 5

Michigan Representatives Attend NACD Legislative Day in Washington DC

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary Treasurer participated in the National Association of Conservation Districts annual Spring Legislative Fly-In which took place in Washington, D.C.  on Tuesday, March 20.

The NACD Spring Legislative Fly-In was well-attended, with conservation district, state and federal agency participation from across the United States working together to promote the interests of conservation districts on Capitol Hill.

"We were pleased to be able to participate in this important event", said Art Pelon, MACD President. "Elaine is a great spokesperson, she understands the power of Conservation Districts in providing technical assistance and programs to farmers and landowners." 

Elaine attended the Fly-In with fellow Michigan representatives, Melissa Higbee, Shiawassee Conservation District Executive Director and Garry Lee, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist. The Michigan contingent met with Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Michigan's congressional members and staff, and attended NACD sponsored activities including the Congressional Reception in the evening. 

Elaine Brown, Senator Stabenow, Melissa Higbee and Garry Lee

Melissa Higbee, Elaine Brown, Senator Stabenow and Garry Lee

To learn more about this event, visit the NACD Spring Fly-In webpage

MACD Sharing the Work of Conservation Districts at Ag Day at the Capital

Thursday, March 15, 2018

On Tuesday, March 13 MACD participated in Ag Day at the Capital in Lansing. The event was the highlight of Michigan’s Food and Agriculture Month and brought together the diversity of Michigan agriculture to the halls of the State Capital. This very popular event provided MACD the opportunity to share the programs and assistance Conservation Districts provide in support of Michigan agriculture with legislators, commodity group partners and all other attendees.

"It is important to showcase the work of our Districts as members of Michigan’s agricultural community," said Art Pelon, MACD President and Chairman of the Ionia Conservation District. "We offer many programs that benefit farmers, including the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), and this event provides us with one more way to share the work of our local Conservation Districts with legislators.” 

Hosted by Michigan Farm Bureau, this annual event provides the opportunity for participants to connect with legislators and to treat legislators and attendees with agriculture's bounty, sharing food and products grown and made in Michigan.

Thank you to the MACD officers, staff and volunteers who participated in Ag Day at the Capital.  MACD appreciates your outreach to benefit all 75 Conservation Districts in Michigan! Participants included Rachael Ramirez, Saginaw CD Director; Megan DeLeeuw, Manager, Washtenaw CD; Melissa Higbee, Executive Director, Shiawassee CD; Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary-Treasurer and Clinton CD Treasurer; Gerald Miller, MACD Vice President and Kent CD Chairman; Art Pelon, MACD President and Ionia CD Chairman; Steve Law, MACD Consultant and Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director.

Rachael Ramirez, Saginaw CD Director, talking with a visitor. 

Melissa Higbee, Art Pelon, Elaine Brown, Lori Phalen and Gerald Miller.
Volunteers not shown: Megan DeLeeuw and Steve Law