MACD News Blog

2013 Summer Region Meetings

Monday, July 15, 2013

MACD Summer Region Meetings are coming to a location near you! 

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts has ten regions within the state and during the summer months, each region comes together for a casual and informative meeting to network and discuss local, regional and state level activities and issues.  

Hosted by a Conservation District within the region, these meetings also provide the opportunity for the host to have the meeting at a location that highlights a special aspect of their county.  The meetings are informative and fun - providing attendees with the opportunity to engage with peers and see more of our beautiful State.  

Conservation District board, staff and partners are invited to attend!

MACD Summer Region Meeting Schedule

Region 1 & 2 - Tuesday, August 13.  Host:  Delta CD
Region 3 - Wednesday, July 31. Host: Grand Traverse CD
Region 4 - Friday, August 2.  Host:  Newaygo CD
Region 5 - Friday, July 26.  Host:  Alcona CD
Region 6 - Tuesday, August 20.  Host: Saginaw CD
Region 7 - Tuesday, August 6.  Host: Muskegon CD
Region 8 - Wednesday, July 24.  Host:  Branch CD
Region 9 - Tuesday, July 30.  Host:  Sanilac CD
Region 10 - Tuesday, July 9.  Host:  Wayne CD 

For more information on region meeting specifics and contact information for more information, visit Region Meeting page.  To view the regions, check out the Region Map.

USDA-NRCS Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring Initiative

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking for farmers to participate in an initiative to monitor the effectiveness of conservation practices at improving water quality. 

The Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring Initiative is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Farmers in the Hayworth Creek, Kearsley-Swartz and Mid-Shiawassee River watersheds are eligible to apply for the initiative. The watersheds are located primarily in Clinton, Genesee, Oakland and Shiawassee counties with a small portion in Lapeer County.

Farmers within these three Michigan watersheds are eligible to apply for the initiative until June 14, 2013.

Applications for the program will be ranked competitively on a nation-wide basis. Successful applicants will receive financial assistance to monitor water runoff from enrolled land. The information gathered will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices, such as cover crops and filter strips, at reducing the amount of sediment and nutrients entering surface water.

For more information about the initiative and how to apply for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, contact your local Conservation District and NRCS field office or go online to

Old Mission Peninsula Wineries and Vineyard Honored for MAEAP Achievement

Friday, April 26, 2013

Today, the wineries and vineyards on Old Mission Peninsula were honored for their proactive efforts to become verified in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).  State and local officials gathered today to honor their outstanding achievement.  

MAEAP is a collaborative effort of Michigan's farmers, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Conservation Districts, Michigan Farm Bureau, commodity organizations, conservation and environmental groups, universities and state and federal agencies.  The program is delivered locally by Michigan Conservation Districts and their MAEAP technicians, who work closely with farmers as they move through the process to become MAEAP verified.  

Michigan Conservation Districts have been involved with MAEAP from it's inception and they continue to play a critical role in the delivery of MAEAP at the local level today.  

MACD congratulates the Old Mission Peninsula wineries and vineyards for this outstanding achievement, it is a true testament of their commitment to environmental stewardship!

Learn more about MAEAP by visiting, and on the MACD website (link)

Conservation Districts and Michigan's Dam Removal Efforts

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Recently, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced grant awards for several dam removal projects across Michigan.  One of the grant awards went to the Ionia Conservation District for the Lyons Dam Removal Project.  

This isn't the first Conservation District that has been involved in dam removal activities, other dam removal projects over the last several years have been spearheaded by Districts.  Districts, with their close connections in local communities, along with their technical expertise and ability to bring partners together for a cause, are sought out for projects like this.

Makes me pretty darn proud of the amazing variety of work they accomplish across our state! 

Several articles on Michigan dam removals have been published since the announcement of this most recent round of grants.  The latest from the Center for Michigan is an interesting read.