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Fall 2014

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Celebrating Our New Look
& First Issue

A letter from the Grant County Conservation District Manager

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our first issue of the Conservation Connection newsletter.  We intend to make it a quarterly publication and to use it to keep you in touch with conservation programs and updates.

We're also excited to announce that we have a new logo and just recently launched our new website!  I am very enthused about our website and to start this newsletter with the help of staff and encourage anyone to share a success story or potential funding available for the public.  What a great way to showcase what is going on in the Columbia Basin and to reach as many constituents as possible. 

As the busy summer season wraps up, I'd like to share a quick update of our 2014 accomplishments to date:
  • We had 150,000 acres enrolled in the Irrigation Water Management Program;
  • Have processed over 60 agricultural burn permits;
  • Reached over 3,000 students through our Water on Wheels and Wheat Week programs;
  • Coordinated the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival with 1,500 participants; and
  • Have began implementing 13 new projects on-the-ground since the start of the fiscal year.
With funds remaining, I want to encourage anyone with projects, small or large, to contact our office to see what help and assistance is available.

Best regards,

Marie Lotz
GCCD Manager
marie-lotz@conservewa.net
columbiabasincds.org



 

Supervisor Spotlight
Dale Wentworth


Dale Wentworth is not only a Grant County Conservation District (GCCD) Associate Supervisor, he's a castaway on this season's SURVIVOR.  With the season premier having debuted on September 24th, there is no doubt that Dale's background as a resourceful, hardworking farmer and athlete is giving him an advantage to stay in the game.

Dale was born and raised in Ephrata on his family's farm.  He has 17 years of service with our local conservation districts.  Dale has continued to be an active supervisor through the recent consolidation of our area conservation districts; now collectively known as the GCCD.  As an associate supervisor, Dale serves as an important representative of the agricultural and greater community; providing direction to the GCCD, and setting plans and policies.

To watch Dale and his daughter Kelley compete on SURVIVOR, tune in on Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm.

We're rooting for you Dale!
 

Do you have a need or project in mind?

GCCD is now accepting applications for cost share.  We provide 50% cost share for agricultural operators, landowners, cities, utilities and others to get conservation practices on-the-ground. Contact us today to learn more!

WOW is making a splash with another great start to the school year! 

Our Water on Wheels (WOW) lessons with K-6th grades and community groups are not only FREE, they're FUN! To learn more or to schedule a lesson, check out our new website.
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Save the Date!

The 18th Annual
Othello Sandhill
Crane Festival

March 27, 28, & 29 2015

With 1,500 people attending the Festival from across the country in March of this year, our 2015 Festival is bound to be another hit!
www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org

 

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