Protecting Our Water: Tips for Residents

What is Stormwater? Polluted stormwater contaminates streams, rivers and lakes. It can kill or damage plants, fish and wildlife, and can degrade the quality of our water. Runoff from both rural and urban areas can contribute to pollution of our surface waters. In an urban setting, a storm drain system is a vast network of […]

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Livestock Exclusion: How They Can Work for You

What is Livestock Exclusion? Livestock Exclusion is the temporary or permanent exclusion of livestock from a designated area—often to protect streambanks, wetlands, woods, cropland, wildlife habitat or conservation buffers. Access controls can also be used to keep wildlife, people, and equipment out of an area. In most situations total exclusion of livestock from a stream […]

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Buffer Strips: How They Can Work for You.

Benefits of Buffers: Reduces erosion from wind and water, Improves water quality by filtering sediment, pesticides, and nutrients before they enter the waterways, Reduces maintenance of drainage ditches and natural waterways, Works well for manure spreading setbacks, Can improve irrigation efficiency, Helpful in squaring up odd shaped fields, Provides habitat for pheasants, quail and other […]

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Expanding your Ag Production: Vertically

Mark Ludwig from the Allegan Conservation District explains how to deepen the root zone for better yeilds and lower environmental impacts. This is the golden age of crop production with new tools providing more information and options for farmers. Conservation tillage and continous no till methods allow soil life to thrive and provide a better […]

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