Flatrock-Haw Creek Watershed

Flatrock-Haw Creek Watershed Keep it clean and out of the stream!

Welcome to the Flatrock-Haw Creek (FRHC) Watershed page! In 2011, the Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District received a 319 grant that allows for this particular watershed to put Best Management Practices (BPMs) in place for the next three years. These BPMs include reducing sediment and nutrient loading to tributaries and mainstem portions of the FRHC Watershed critical subwatersheds, reducing E. Coli averages to meet water quality standards, conducting workshops revolving around BPMs including rain gardens, conservation tillage and cover crops, and storm water management. FRHC Watershed has developed a cost-share program to encourage land owners within the critical area of the watershed to establish techniques for improving water quality. This can be agricultural or urban and there are plenty of BMPs to choose from! Pick up an application from out office today! By the end of the three year period over 500 hours of educational programming will have been effectively completed, reduction in the number of livestock with stream access will have decreased by half, over 300 acres of nutrient management or waste utilization plans will have been created, and field days and workshops will be held. This will be a very busy three years! Be sure to follow our progress! If you are interested in volunteering or donating please message us on facebook or send an email to the watershed coordinator at: [email protected]

USDA Blog » The Real Story Behind Bats
10/31/2014
USDA Blog » The Real Story Behind Bats

USDA Blog » The Real Story Behind Bats

A family learns more about how bats create economic and ecosystem benefits from Cynthia Sandeno, acting regional wildlife biologist for the Forest Service’s Eastern Region during the Wisconsin Bat Festival at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. (U.S. Forest Service/Cassie Cibik)

What a great way to celebrate Columbus, painting rain barrels and planting a garden!!!  Thank you to all the wonderful k...
06/09/2014

What a great way to celebrate Columbus, painting rain barrels and planting a garden!!! Thank you to all the wonderful kids who came out to enjoy the weather and parks.

A great day of celebrating with neighbors at 9th Street Park, Morningside Park and Pence Street Park! A HUGE THANK YOU to all who made it a great success!

April 2, 2014  Cover Crops!!!!!!
03/12/2014

April 2, 2014 Cover Crops!!!!!!

USDA Blog » Cover Crops Help Young Farmer Thrive
12/18/2013
USDA Blog » Cover Crops Help Young Farmer Thrive

USDA Blog » Cover Crops Help Young Farmer Thrive

Russell Wire, a northwest Illinois farmer, found cover crops to be an excellent option for his operation. His cattle enjoy grazing quality forage, and his soil health is improving as well.

USDA Blog » Cover Crops Improve Soil & Provide Food for Cattle
12/18/2013
USDA Blog » Cover Crops Improve Soil & Provide Food for Cattle

USDA Blog » Cover Crops Improve Soil & Provide Food for Cattle

The Bremmer family has raised cattle and grown crops in northwestern Illinois for more than a century. Over time, they’ve found ways to improve their operation — the latest improvement is the use of cover crops.

USDA Blog » Mimic Nature to Harvest Benefits of Healthy Soil, Expert Says
12/18/2013
USDA Blog » Mimic Nature to Harvest Benefits of Healthy Soil, Expert Says

USDA Blog » Mimic Nature to Harvest Benefits of Healthy Soil, Expert Says

In the minds of many, a freshly tilled field is picturesque – clean and ready for the next planting. But according to a soil health expert, what looks good to the eye, isn’t always good for the soil – or a farmer’s bottom line.

USDA Blog » What does Maple Syrup Have in Common with an Invasive Insect?
12/18/2013
USDA Blog » What does Maple Syrup Have in Common with an Invasive Insect?

USDA Blog » What does Maple Syrup Have in Common with an Invasive Insect?

Today is National Maple Syrup Day!  So, what does maple syrup have in common with an invasive insect?  Well, if the insect is the Asian longhorned beetle, then they both can come from maple trees.  Obviously, we want the maple syrup and not the invasive beetle.  But who cares?  And why should anyone...

07/17/2013

Thank you to all who stopped in and visited our booth at the Bartholomew County Fair. If you missed us we are still selling "Don't Farm Naked...." t-shirts for $5.

06/17/2013

"Don't Farm Naked" t-shirts will be available for purchase at the Bartholomew County Fair. The SWCD will be selling them for $5. Youth sizes S-L and Adult sizes S-3XL
Don't forget to visit our tent, buy a t-shirt and promote cover crops!!!!!!!!

06/17/2013

Rain Barrel Make and Take Workshop
August 31 5:30pm-6:30pm
At the Farmer's Market in downtown Columbus
More information to follow!!!!!

06/04/2013

Indiana Pesticide Clean Sweep is scheduled for 21 August, 9am to 3 pm, at Bartholomew County Fairgrounds. Those wanting to dispose of materials up to 250 pounds are asked to register in writing by 29 July. Disposal of greater than 250 pounds is available for a fee.
This is a great way to get rid of unwanted pesticides safely and affordably!

05/31/2013

Cover crops aren't the only practice that is cost-shared through our Grant. We can also help with fencing, heavy usage area pads, rain gardens, rain barrels, no-till, and much much more. If you are in the critical area of the FRHC Watershed call us!! 812-378-1280 ext 3.

05/31/2013

What a great day to buy a rain barrel!!!
Buy yours today for only $55.00 at the BCSWCD.

Clear Choices Clean Water
05/22/2013

Clear Choices Clean Water

Get ready to celebrate! Today is International Biodiversity Day. Promote biodiversity in your own yard by planting Indiana native species on your landscape. Ohio Spiderwort, American Columbine, and Foxglove Beardtongue, all pictured here, are beautiful native flowers that bloom in early June. Not only do these plants beautify your yard, they support native wildlife like hummingbirds and butterflies, require less maintenance than traditional landscaping species, and soak up lots of stormwater runoff with their deep root systems. And don’t forget - once you’ve planted your native garden, take the pledge at www.ClearChoicesCleanWater.org!

The Nature Conservancy
05/14/2013

The Nature Conservancy

Attention bird nerds! Here are 4 easy ways to make your backyard bird-friendly, just in time for spring migrations » http://nature.ly/13tTFOq

Anderson Falls!
05/14/2013

Anderson Falls!

Trout lily blooms in the breeze today at Anderson Falls Nature Preserve in Bartholomew County. Other wildflowers popping up today included Dutchman's breeches, rue anemone, spring beauty, cut-leaved toothwort, mayapple, hepatica, bloodroot and more. The forest floor appeared to grow greener throughout the warm spring afternoon. (4/14/13) -- j.f. maxwell, while working on an upcoming OI story about Anderson Falls NP.

When I was a kid, I played at "The Flats"
05/09/2013

When I was a kid, I played at "The Flats"

After awhile everything decides to "Go Green"!
05/09/2013

After awhile everything decides to "Go Green"!

Outdoor Indiana
05/09/2013

Outdoor Indiana

Ferns, hemlocks and creek minnows appeared to enjoy today's warm noontime rain on new public land acquired recently by Indiana's Healthy River INitiative in Parke County. As the showers ended, a cardinal sang, "Good cheer, good cheer, good cheer!" (4/11/13) -- maxwell

The new public natural land appeared to be doing its job, the water was running clean and clear towards Sugar Creek. Learn more about Indiana's HRI at Healthy Rivers INitiative

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
05/09/2013

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

"A nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, not impaired, in value."
—Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

05/08/2013

How important do you think soil is? Check out this apple demonstration. The apple equals the Earth
1. Cut an apple in four equal sections, 3 parts represent the oceans of the world and 1 part represents the land area.
2. Cut the land section in half, 1 section is land that is deserts, swamps, mountain, arctic, and antarctic. The other section is where man can live.
3. Cut the last section into four equal parts. 3 of these sections represent areas which are too rocky, wet, poor for growing plants and areas that have been developed by humans for businesses and houses. The last small piece is all that is left.
4. Take the last piece and cut off the peel. The peel is the the soil of the Earth where farmers can raise a crop.

Can you believe that all the people of the Earth are fed from 1/32 of the Earth's surface? We need to Conserve our Soil!!!

05/08/2013

Kudos to the Unit 506 Cub Scouts for sharing their evening with me. You were a wonderful group full of energy with an eagerness to learn. I am pretty sure a few of the boys knew more about soils and soil health than I did!!!

This says it all!!!!
05/06/2013

This says it all!!!!

Timeline Photos
05/06/2013

Timeline Photos

Rain Barrels have been around for years. Check out this picture from the early 1900's.
05/06/2013

Rain Barrels have been around for years. Check out this picture from the early 1900's.

05/06/2013

This week is drinking water week. What are you doing to keep our streams and rivers clean? Did you know........More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 2.5% of this supply is considered fresh water. The rest is found in the form of salt water in the oceans. Of the fresh water that exists, most is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. Water can also be found in the form of clouds and humidity in the soil. That leaves us 3/10 of 1 percent found in the form of lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, much of this small amount of freshwater is in danger of drying up through desertification or becoming so contaminated that it cannot be used for human consumption. Changing our habits of water use can help to abate this growing problem.

05/06/2013

We still have money availabe through our cost-share program. If anyone is interested in getting a rain barrel and is in the critical area of the watershed come on in. We can pay for up to 75% for a rain barrel and kit. All you need to do is fill out an application and it will go to approval through the Steering Committee. It's an easy process.

Clear Choices Clean Water
05/06/2013

Clear Choices Clean Water

It’s drinking water week! How will you celebrate? Try hooking up your rain barrel, planting a rain garden, or buying phosphorus-free fertilizer!

05/03/2013

Rain Barrels are available at the Soil and Water Conservation District 1040 E 2nd Street. They are on sale for $55.00 (no kit needed). If you have your own barrel then we have kits for $20.00. Come in and check them out!!!

05/03/2013

Today would be a great day to set up your rain barrel.
Did you know that 1 inch of rain that falls on 1000 sq ft of your house's roof can harvest 600 gallons of water!!! Thats right folks 600 GALLONS!!!! Just think of all the plants you could water with that rain.

04/30/2013

It is such a beautiful day today! We have decided to give away 3 more t-shirts! Help us get 150 "Likes" by the end of the week and we will draw the winners' names on Monday. "Don't Farm Naked"!!!

04/29/2013

Here are the three lucky winners for the t-shirt giveaway!!!! Drum Roll Please!!!!!! Courtney Ketner, Jana Fischer, and Jeni Bonnell Smith. Way to go Ladies. Please come and get your t-shirt at 1040 E 2nd Street. We have size S-2XL available.

04/27/2013

Woo hoo! You did it! We will give the 3 shirts away when we get back to the office on Monday!

04/24/2013

Only 1 more like until the 3 shirts are given away. You can do it!

04/19/2013

14 more "likes" and one of those 3 t-shirts could be yours!!! What are you waiting for?

Flatrock-Haw Creek Watershed
04/19/2013

Flatrock-Haw Creek Watershed

This is the front of the t-shirts!!!!! We love promoting Cover Crops and Soil Health!

Clear Choices Clean Water
04/19/2013

Clear Choices Clean Water

As you start gardening this spring, don't forget to include native plants. Native species like this sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) are beautiful, low-maintenance, and wildlife- and water-quality friendly!

INPAWS : Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society
04/19/2013
INPAWS : Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society

INPAWS : Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society

Sociability with fellow INPAWS members—at our plant sale, hikes, garden tour, annual conference, and volunteer activities—is one of the most rewarding aspects of membership. Lifelong friends are made while working shoulder-to-shoulder to advance the INPAWS mission.

Clear Choices Clean Water
04/19/2013

Clear Choices Clean Water

After last week's discussion on proper rain barrel installation, we thought we should share this great graphic from the Eagle Creek Watershed Alliance. View more of their BMP graphics at http://eaglecreekwatershed.org/.

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