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.
The Lenawee Conservation District is rolling out its latest conservation programs for Lenawee County that will start October 1, 2019.To roll out the new grant information, the Lenawee Conservation District with the Farmer-Led Watershed Conservation group is having shop talk meetings throughout the county. RSVPs are requested. Click Here for the full information on the meeting dates and times. Or check the "Events" page for the schedule. If you are interested in applying for the Nutrient Grant, you may Click Here to access the application.
The Lenawee Conservation District was awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission 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.