Monthly Archives: January 2013

SWC’s Budget Presentation Before the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee

Earlier today, the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission gave their annual budget presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.  Administrator Teri Murrison gave the committee a brief history of soil conservation districts in Idaho and the birth of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission. 

Teri said that we maximize the natural resources for our state, and our “Idaho Way” is not a heavy-handed, regulatory approach. She then listed some of the major trends driving conservation are urban growth, reductions in funding, and water quality. 

There are a number of core functions of the SWC such as technical support to districts, conservation programs, and administration.  Teri let JFAC members know the total CREP contracts were at 157, and had a total of 17,210 acres enrolled in the program. 

Next, Teri spoke about the current TMDL workload, and the number of plans completed over the last five years.  She explained some of the backlogged plans and how long it takes a staff member to complete a TMDL. 

“We’re passionate about the land, natural resources and locally-led, voluntary conservation,” concluded Teri.  She then took a few questions from committee members.

Like last year, Representative Ringo said she is concerned that the full 2-to-1 match was note funded, and asked Teri what could be done with a full match.  Teri said IASCD provided her a list of possible district projects, and that will be submitted to Representative Ringo. 

Representative King asked for further explanation of the TMDL program and the requested full-time position.  Teri provided the Representative with the needed background, and then took a question from Senator Nuxoll about how match funding works. 

There were no further questions, and the presentation wrapped up about 8:55am. 

Thank you for all who attended or listened online!

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January/February 2013 eNewsletter

We just put the finishing touches on our latest eNewsletter, and have posted it here for you to read.

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Fourth Annual Agricultural Symposium and Soil Workshop

The Payette and Malheur Soil and Water Conservation Districts have announced their fourth annual ag symposium and soil workshop.  The symposium will be held on February 28th, and the soil workshop will be held on March 1st.  Both events will be at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, located in Ontario, Oregon. 

Preregister for the symposium for $25, and $50 for the soil workshop.  The door registration for the symposium is $30. 

For more information, details, and a registration form, visit http://www.payetteswcd.org.  Or, call Johna Gabiola at 208-642-4402 ext. 102 or Linda Rowe at 541-889-9689 ext. 114. 

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Upcoming Soil Health Meeting Hosted By Lewis & Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Lewis Soil Conservation District (LSCD) and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation District (ISWCD) are hosting a soil health educational and informational meeting with guest speakers Dick Johnson, NRCS Nutrient Management Specialist, and Marlon Winger, NRCS State Agronomist.

Key topics targeted will be soil health problems occurring in Northern Idaho on cropland and what best management practices are beneficial for sustainable agriculture in our area. Information about soil pH, soil compaction and dry land cropping rotations within the Camas Prairie will also be addressed. A visual hands-on demonstration of soil aggregate stability will be presented.

The meeting will be January 16, 2013 at the Greencreek Community Hall in Greencreek, Idaho.
Registration at 8:30 am, the meeting begins at 9:00 am.
Lunch will be served by the Altar Society at noon.

****Please RSVP by January 9, 2013 *****
Lewis Soil Conservation District: 208-937-2291 ext 3
or
Idaho Soil and Water Conservation District: 208-983-1046 ext 3.

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