MACD News Blog

Keith Moss, Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Charlotte, MI Named 2012 Friend of Conservation

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Keith Moss, Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Charlotte was honored with the MACD 2012 Friend of Conservation Award, during the MACD Convention.  This award recognizes an individual, business, organization or agency outside the association who partners with Conservation Districts to help Michigan citizens conserve their lands and Michigan's natural resources.

 "Keith Moss is a true friend of conservation, partnering with the Eaton Conservation District on several river restoration projects in both the Battle Creek and Thornapple River Watersheds," noted Andrea Stay, Executive Director of the Eaton Conservation District, who nominated Keith for the award.  "Keith is enthusiastic and always looking for new ways to partner and provide outreach to the community and he has been a great asset to the Conservation District and the community."

Each year, Keith donates his time to the Charlotte River Conservation Day and brings in family and friends to help make the event a success.  What started as an event of the Frontier City Flycasters Club has expanded to bring in the City of Charlotte, Eaton Conservation District, grant dollars and local sponsors.  Families, students and clubs join together to spend the day cleaning up the river, removing invasive species, planting trees and making an impact on the community.

Keith currently serves as Chair of the local Wellhead Protection Team and has worked with the local schools on multiple projects, including creating their own waste water treatment plant out of common household materials. Additionally, Keith serves as a board member for the Michigan Rural Water Association, an organization dedicated to protecting drinking water quality in Michigan through technical assistance to municipalities.

"MACD is pleased to recognize Keith for his commitment and enthusiasm for environmental stewardship and water quality," said Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director.  "Keith has and continues to make a lasting, positive impact on our environment and it is our pleasure to honor him with the Friend of Conservation Award."

For Keith's outstanding partnership and stewardship efforts, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts honored Keith Moss with the 2012 Friend of Conservation Award on November 8th, during its Convention and Annual Meeting, a Best Western Plus - Lansing Hotel in Lansing, Michigan.

MAEAP ~ from dairy farms to u-picks!

Monday, October 08, 2012

MACD is a strong supporter and partner of the Michigan Environmental Assurance Program, Michigan's innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.  

We are pleased each year to provide an article to the Michigan Farm News that highlights MAEAP and the role Conservation Districts play in delivering MAEAP at the local level.  This year, our article is in the September issue of Michigan Farm News and focuses on the value of MAEAP to all farms, regardless of how big or small.  

Check it out:  "From dairy farms to u-picks, MAEAP has benefits for any size, any commodity farm"   (LINK)

To learn more about MAEAP, visit the MAEAP page on the MACD website


USDA Offers Conservation Assistance in Cass, Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties to Alleviate Effects of Drought

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $75,000 in financial assistance available to help eligible crop and livestock producers in four Michigan counties cope with adverse impacts of the historic drought gripping the nation.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications from agricultural producers in Cass, Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties until Aug. 24. Financial assistance is available for producers to implement conservation practices that will help alleviate the drought’s impacts, and improve soil health and productivity.

Some practices eligible for financial assistance include cover crops, irrigation water management, prescribed grazing and livestock watering facilities. Eligible producers also can re-apply for financial assistance to re-apply failed conservation practices due to drought and modify existing contracts to re-schedule planned conservation practices.

USDA has also announced the following:

- Allowing producers to modify current EQIP contracts to allow for grazing, livestock watering, and other conservation activities to address drought conditions.
- Authorizing haying and grazing of Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easement areas in drought-affected areas where haying and grazing is consistent with conservation of wildlife habitat and wetlands.

Producers in Cass, Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph are encouraged to contact their local conservation districts and USDA-NRCS staff members in the local USDA Service Centers to learn more about this drought assistance program.

For more information, producers and landowners can visit the NRCS website at or their local USDA Service Center which houses the USDA-NRCS and the local Conservation District.

For more information and location of your local Conservation District, please visit  

GM Foundation Provides $5,000 Grant to the Eaton Conservation District

Friday, August 03, 2012

With the help of GM Lansing Operations the General Motors Foundation will provide $5,000 to support the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and the Eaton Conservation District to focus on the care and management of Michigan's natural resources.

The donation was made as part of the Foundation's Plant City Grants initiative that in 2012 will award more than $1 million to nearly 200 organizations in 43 plant cities where GM employees live and work. Through these grants, the GM Foundation is building stronger communities and enriching the lives of our neighbors.

GM Lansing Regional Manufacturing Engineering Director Jeff Bell made the award on behalf of the Foundation at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant habitat.

The General Motors Foundation grant will support MACDs efforts through programs at the Eaton Conservation District to encourage land users to adopt conservation practices that protect soil, water, and related natural resources.

“Investment in our community and environment is very important to us,” Bell said. “Lansing Delta Township Plant is a good example of how it’s possible to incorporate sustainable practices into large scale manufacturing facilities. MACD reinforces GM’s environmental goals with their commitment to improving the environment by conserving resources.”

Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant is gold certified from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED certification is the building industry’s well-respected recognition of superior energy and environmental design and construction. Seventy-five acres has been set aside to preserve existing plants and wildlife habitat.

Andrea Stay, Executive Director from the Eaton Conservation District said: "We are fortunate to have General Motors as a local partner in our community. We have worked together on multiple events over the years including school presentations, Arbor Day celebrations, pollinator garden planting, Bioblitz, and the Woods and Water 5K.  We appreciate their dedication to natural resources, and to their local partners.”

The General Motors Foundation grants made across the country are given to a wide-variety of organizations that families rely on to provide much needed services, improve education and impact the quality of life within their respective communities. The grants to these organizations and institutions will make these communities even greater places to work, live and grow.

About the GM Foundation

Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation