Welcome to Lenawee Conservation District

Working locally to solve local resource issues

Mission Statement

To guide the locally led process with urban and rural harmony, for the protection of soil and water resources 

through education and technical assistance, creating a quality environment.


NOTICE:

To protect the health of our staff and community the Lenawee Conservation District office is closed to all walk-in customers until the USDA Service Center re-opens to the public. We will continue to provide services by email, regular mail, and via telephone.  Questions can be sent to the district manager at [email protected] or via phone at 269-214-1876.  Board meetings occur the third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. While the Service Center is closed meetings will be held virtually. Links for each Board meeting will be provided on this website.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

September Board Meeting Part 1

Time: 07:00 PM Eastern Time

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September Board Meeting Part 2

Time: 07:30 PM Eastern Time

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Michigan Conservation District History

Established in 1946, Lenawee Conservation District is an independent county level resource assisting residents, producers, and communities to help resolve natural resource concerns. The District is self-funded, serving the public with revenue obtained through an annual tree and shrub fundraiser sale, grants, and county appropriations.

Lenawee Conservation District works with a variety of other local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to accomplish greater results in conservation and protection of our local natural resources.

As a result of the Dust Bowl in the 1920s from severe erosion due to negatively impacting farm practices, Congress established the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which directed money toward programs that would help protect natural resources and empower landowners to become better stewards of the land. But with no delivery approach for the federal programs, Congress realized that a local level organization was needed to help promote conservation programs available to agricultural landowners.

Thus, a Conservation District Law was established, allowing communities to elect their own county conservation district boards, which would partner with the federal agencies and serve as the storefront and information center for available conservation programs and assistance.

District Grants

Lenawee Conservation District is rolling out its latest conservation programs for Lenawee County.

"Soil Erosion 101, Back to Basics" was approved for installation of basic conservation practices addressing gully and concentrated flow erosion. By installing grass waterways, erosion control structures, and water and sediment control basins throughout the county, the program will provide a flat rate payment for installation not to exceed a 70% cost-share rate.

"Taking Nutrient Management to Another Level" is designed for new technology that improves the efficiency and/or reduction of phosphorus and nitrogen applied to cropland fields. Funding could include yield monitors, hydraulic down pressure, electric drives, variable rate, GPS, nitrogen applicators, strip-till equipment, cover crops, and no-till combo just to list a few.

If you are interested in applying for the Nutrient Grant, you may Click Here to access the application.

Grants awarded to Lenawee Conservation District from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), formerly DEQ, and the Great Lakes Commission are to work with farmers within Lenawee County on potential improvements toward water quality and the impact to Lake Erie. These projects are in an effort to meet the State of Michigan's phosphorus reduction goals of 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2025 within the River Raisin. Farmers have the ability to receive some assistance to incorporate the following Best Management Practices (BMPs) in targeted watersheds: Drainage Water Management Structures, Buffer Strips, Saturated Buffers, Blind Inlets, and GPS Nitrogen sensors.

View the funding opportunities that the Lenawee Conservation District has for Best Management Practices by clicking on the grant application below:

BMP Grant Application or contact the Lenawee Conservation District office at 517-263-7400 Ext. 3 for an application.

Click here for Strip Tiller Grant application. 

Education

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