June 11-15, 2017 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA
This workshop focuses on the value, protection and conservation of Georgia's wildlife, forestry, soil, and water resources including conservation in Georgia's mining industry. Over $15,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded at the workshop.
Application to apply is available at www.abac.edu/nrcw . Application deadline is June 1, 2017. Call 229-391-5072 for more information about the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop.
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The 2016 Edition of The Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control has been approved and took effect as of the first of the year with a transition period until July 1st. Click here for a link to a presentation on the 2016 Edition https://gaswcc.georgia.gov/sites/gaswcc.georgia.gov/files/imported/SWCC/Files/2016%20Manual%20Updates.pptx
With this edition of the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control there is a process in which BMP’s can be placed on an Equivalent BMP List. This process is found in Appendix A-2 of the Manual. The following forms are to be used when submitting an Equivalent BMP:
Equivalent BMP Application Pre-notice
Equivalent BMP Application
Equivalent BMP Certification Form
Once the Equivalent BMP has gone thru the process and is approved, it will be placed on the Equivalent BMP list. This list can be found at: http://gaswcc.georgia.gov/sites/gaswcc.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/2016-Equivalent-BMP-List-Final.pdf
The first update to the list will occur on or after March 31, 2016.
The 2016 Edition of the plan review checklists have also been posted online at the following web address: http://gaswcc.georgia.gov/es-2016-checklists. There are two main changes to the checklists. The first change is the addition of the use of an alternative BMP for application to the Equivalent BMP List. The second change to the checklist is a description of any buffer encroachments and indication of whether a buffer variance is required.
If you have any questions about the Equivalent BMP process or the 2016 checklists, please contact the Urban Program at 706-552-4474.
and Improve Water Quality in South Chickamauga Creek
Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, a Northwest Georgia non-profit organization, is in the process of implementing a grant from the State of Georgia to improve conditions in the headwaters of the South Chickamauga Creek watershed in Catoosa, Whitfield, and Walker Counties. The watershed was eligible for the grant as a result of several stream segments not meeting state water quality standards. The goal of the grant is to implement a Watershed Management Plan within the watershed to lead to the de-listing of impaired stream segments and to maintain the integrity of other segments so they continue to meet the criteria for each designated use. In order to accomplish these goals, grant money will continue to be used for the installation of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and repairs on failing septic systems near creeks to reduce fecal coliform bacteria and sediment inputs to streams.
Limestone Valley RC&D partners with NRCS to assist farmers with land management practices that promote resource conservation. Agricultural BMPs to be considered for cost-shares include: alternative watering systems, cross-fencing and fencing along streams, heavy use area protection, pipeline installation, streambank and shoreline protection, stream crossings, travel lanes, watering ramps, etc. Currently, seven local farms are in the early planning stages for projects that include the installation of several of these BMPs. Cost-shares are also available to help cover the cost of repairs on failing septic systems within the vicinity of streams. Collaboration with the Catoosa and Whitfield Environmental Health Departments and permitted septic contractors will ensure only the highest quality repairs are completed. At this point, financial assistance has been made available for more than forty septic system repairs, and with limited funding this program component is now being focused on repairs in the vicinity of streams. Bare root seedlings can also be made available as establishment of trees and live stakes along streams in the watershed is another grant objective. Collectively, these projects would be a benefit to both landowners and homeowners within the South Chickamauga Creek Watershed, while also reducing the bacteria and sediment pollution that contribute to the stream impairments. Additional outreach activities such as watershed education, workshops, and volunteer stream clean-ups will be underway throughout the course of the South Chickamauga Creek watershed grant.
If you have any questions regarding the grant or cost-share opportunities, please contact Alana Rogers (256) 558-4462 or Dan Huser (423) 544-9076 of Limestone Valley RC&D Council.
Visit www.limestonevalley.org to get familiar with Limestone Valley RC&D Council and their mission to help the communities of Northwest Georgia.