Soil Testing Funds still Available

The District still has funds for soil testing  75/25 cost share. Soil sample testing is done through Agro-One Soil Testing services.

Example – if a farm orders a $100 worth of soil samples the District will pay $75 while the farmer/landowner would pay $25, if there is an order for $200 then the District would pay $100 and the landowner/farmer would pay $100.

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Envirothon Study Guide CD

IMG_0562The 2016 Wayne County Envirothon is set to take place on April 20th at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. New for this year the district has put together a 126 page study guide for educators.  The Envirothon Study Guide can be used in the classroom to  prepare for this year’s event.  The study guide is broken out into the five co-curricular sections; Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife and the current environmental topic. This year’s current topic is “Invasive Species”. The guide contains learning objectives, sample questions, recommended resources, glossary of terms, field and classroom exercises.

To request a cd email outreachswcd@rochester.rr.com

Keep Leaves Away from Storm Drains

storm_drainsNow is the time of year to be conscience of yard and garden clean up. Make sure you keep leaves and grass out of storm drains.  Fallen leaves and grass clippings can plug storm drains and can cause flooding to our roadways.  If yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, and small twigs are disposed of in a storm drain, they will make their way to a natural body of water where they threaten aquatic life and degrade water quality.

You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall. Let some leaves stay on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.

composting-leavesBelow are some tips on how to minimize the time you spend raking and maximize the benefit to wildlife and the greater environment that fallen leaves offer:

A leaf layer several inches deep is a natural thing in any area where trees naturally grow. The leaf layer is its own mini ecosystem! Many wildlife species live in or rely on the leaf layer to find food and other habitat, including chipmunks, box turtles, toads,  earthworms, many insects species.

From a gardening perspective, fallen leaves offer a double benefit. Leaves form a natural mulch that helps suppress weeds and at the same time fertilize the soil as they break down. Why spend money on mulch and fertilizer when you can make your own?
If you must rake up your leaves, don’t throw them in the trash. Compost them or drop them off at a municipal recycling center so they can be turned into compost that you and other members of your community can use in the spring. Some communities even offer curb side pick up of leaves specifically for municipal composting operations.

Avoid leaf blowers. They are loud and create noise pollution and rely on fossil fuels which pollute our air and contribute to global climate change. Use a rake instead. You’ll be able to hear the chirping of birds and other natural sounds while you’re working, plus you’ll get some good exercise!

 

Congratulations!

Ronnie

Congratulations to Aiyana Peters of Lyons for winning the “Ronnie Raindrop” coloring contest (age 1-5). Nice job!

WET2.0 & Watershed Science for the Classroom October 3rd

wet_logo_w_wordsThe Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY is hosting an educator workshop, (FREE) “Project WET 2.0 and Watershed Science for the Classroom,” on Saturday, October 3rd from 8:30 am – 4 pm.

Workshop Details
Location: Finger Lakes Institute, Geneva, NY
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 1st

NYSDEC Regional Environmental Educator, Betsy Ukeritis, will be leading the Project WET 2.0 training in the morning. Participating teachers will experience WET2.0’s innovative water-related activities designed to help students in grades K-12 explore water’s physical properties, aquatic ecosystems, and water quality impacts. They will receive a free WET2.0 curriculum guide for this award-winning program!

In the afternoon, FLI Education Program Manager, Nadia Harvieux, will be sharing a compilation of “best- of” watershed activities for the classroom that are hands-on and fun for kids! Teachers will also learn to use the EnviroScape Watershed Model which will be available to borrow from the FLI.

To learn more or to register, please contact Nadia Harvieux at Harvieux@hws.edu

Ronnie the Raindrop in the field today

ronnie_fieldRonnie the Raindrop says: 

“When installing a tree guard, always leave room for adequate air ventilation. Remember, your tree will grow and your tree guard will need to be adjusted to consider this. Check your guard frequently to ensure it is not constricting the tree”

Wayne County State Fair

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Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District will be in the horticulture building, stop by and visit!

Click here for schedule of events.

About the Wayne County Fair

  • The annual fair is a place for families to meet old friends and to make new ones!
  • The Fair hosts over 100 commercial exhibitors and hundreds of fair exhibitors who compete in various 4-H, agricultural and domestic divisions.
  • The fair showcases Wayne County’s best craftsmanship, animals, vegetables and plants.
  • Entertainment Alley hosts a variety of events for all ages.
  • The vast mid-way provides thrilling rides and games for young and old.

SCIENCE on the BAY – Thursday July 9th

Join us for an update on the water quality of our watersheds

  Thursday July 9,   6 – 8 PM

 Sodus Point Firehouse

IMG_2000This is an informal gathering at the Sodus Point Fire Hall located at 8356 Bay Street in Sodus Bay.  This purpose of the event is to update the community on current status of water quality initiatives.

This will be a “Fair” format – – individual tables with information and material on each of these topics with representatives to explain and answer questions.

AND – – – Free ice cream for all attendees!

 

 

 

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489
315-946-7200