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20 Indiana Counties Eligible for Emergency Farm Loans
The following six counties received primary disaster designation: Harrison, Jefferson, Jennings, LaPorte, Lake and Porter. The following 14 counties received contiguous disaster designations: Bartholomew, Clark, Crawford, Decatur, Floyd, Jackson, Jasper, Newton, Ripley, St. Joseph, Scott, Starke, Switzerland and Washington.
Farmers in primary and contiguous disaster areas may contact their local FSA office for further information on emergency loan programs. FSA will consider each application on its own merit by taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. The Indiana FSA office can also be reached by calling 317-290-3030.
Grazing Management Guide Offers a Lot to Chew on
USDA Assists with West Michigan Flood Damage Repairs
Funding from the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection program can pay up to 75% of the cost of removing debris from stream channels, road culverts and bridges, protecting eroded streambanks and reseeding damaged areas.
“Many of the roads and stream crossings have already been repaired using other Federal and State funds,” said NRCS State Conservationist Garry Lee. “The assistance from NRCS will be used to repair damaged areas, not in road right-of-ways, that are badly eroded and clogged with debris.”
For more information, visit: NRCS Media Advisory
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Unveils 2008 Plan to Protect Lake Erie
For more information, see: Ohio DNR website
A Question of Roads
Concerns generally fall into two categories: the effect of heavy hauling on existing public roads; and the environmental effect of poorly planned or constructed private access roads. In order to begin to understand the scope of the problems, and to identify potential solutions, the Center Dirt and Gravel Roads organized a Roundtable meeting “Oil and Gas Road Issues” in State College on July 16, 2008.
Source: Dirt and Gravel Gazette
Milwaukee River Watershed Enrolls 50 in CSP
This is the fourth year agricultural producers in selected watersheds were given an opportunity to participate in the program. The new 2008 Farm Bill re-authorized this program with some revisions, including opening the program to all farmers in all watersheds, not just selected watersheds each year.
Source: NCRS Wisconsin Website
EPA Regulatory News
"The Great Lakes Legacy Rule is our roadmap for selecting the best, priority cleanup projects and leveraging public and private dollars to accelerate environmental progress," said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles.
For more information, visit: EPA Water Headlines
New No-Till Resource Online
New Guidance Manual for Post-Construction Stormwater Management
The Center for Watershed Protection has been working with TetraTech, Inc. on a guidance manual for post-construction stormwater management. Managing Stormwater in Your Community: A Guide for Building an Effective Post-Construction Program is now ready to download from the Center's website.
The guide covers topics ranging from program planning, integrating stormwater with land use planning, developing locally-appropriate stormwater criteria, stormwater inspection and maintenance programs, and program evaluation and tracking. The tools include a program self-assessment; model post-construction stormwater ordinance; plan review, inspection, and maintenance checklists; and more. The guide and tools can be downloaded by visiting www.cwp.org/postconstruction.
International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database
The project, which began in 1996 under a cooperative agreement between the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), now has support and funding from a broad coalition of partners including the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), USEPA, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Public Works Association (APWA).
Visit www.bmpdatabase.org for more information.