Conservation District receives award

The St. Joseph County Conservation District was presented a “Star Award” at the Summer Conference of the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts.
The occasion was earlier this month in Bay City.
The award was given to several districts for the work they are doing at the local level to promote conservation of soil and water resources.
The St. Joseph County Conservation District was recognized for its leadership in efforts to maintain the rivers that flow through the county. This is made possible thanks to funding from River Clean-Up Grants, an increase in county funds, and a large group of volunteers.
Many miles of the St. Joseph River and its tributaries have been cleaned of trash and kept navigable because of the constant attention to the condition of the rivers.
In addition, the award recognized the expansion of programs including lake and stream monitoring, pollinator gardens, work with macro- invertebrates, conducting an inventory of road and stream crossings, reforestation projects and numerous educational efforts.

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