As a part of Meeker County for over 63 years, the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 58th year of Stewardship Week
April 28-May 5, 2013. The 2013 Stewardship Week is themed, “Where does your water shed?”
Joe Norman acts as the District Technician for Meeker SWCD. The District was formed to assist landowners in dealing with a wide range of conservation protection, flood prevention measures, farm forestry, wildlife improvement, recreation and rural area development within the 17 townships of Meeker County.
“Clean water is important to everyone,” says National Association of Conservation Districts President Earl Garber. “Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state and national boundaries. Every inch of the land on planet Earth is part of a watershed. In the continental U.S., there are 2,100 watersheds; if we include Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico, the count rises to 2,267. No matter where you are right now, you are in a watershed.” There are five watersheds in Meeker County.
Less than 1 percent of all of the water on our planet is fresh water. The average citizen in the United States uses 70 gallons of water every day; and this does not include the water it takes to manufacture the automobiles, clothing, and food we depend on each and every day. Take time to learn about your local community water supply sources, and volunteer for river, stream or beach clean-up days. You can make a difference.
To find out more about your local watershed, including an app for your computer and smart phone, visit: www.epa.gov/
Meeker SWCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.
For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact Meeker SWCD at (320) 693-7287, or the Soil and Water Conservation section of the Meeker County website, www.co.meeker.mn.us. Additional information about the “Where does your water shed?” program and other natural resource education materials is available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org/