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Students are natural-born farmers – having fun dispersing cover crop seed

Can today’s high school students enjoy farming?  Might they really care about conservation and the state of our local soil quality – if you’re at a workshop with Dave Robison from Cisco Seed (and their biology teacher, Mr. Rob Walker) … Continue reading

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Profile of our Cover Crops project at Westville High School

 Back on September 28th, Westville High School biology students, and LaPorte SWCD staff had the good fortune of collaborating with Cisco Seed agronomist, Dave Robison, who is helping us demonstrate the value of cover crops with a test-plot next to … Continue reading

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Some pictures from our Pasture Management Field Day

Attendees Inside the great facilities at Reins of Life, Michigan City, IN. Ed Heckman made the learning fun Our group was seriously identifying plants. Even the horses joined us. Here a fescue, there a fescue … The evening was fun, … Continue reading

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Pasture Management Field Day – a great success

Our pasture management field day in late September was a fun and informative event …the weather was beautiful, the instructors – Ed Heckman and Susannah Hinds were wonderful, even the horses behaved superbly.  Thank you to all who came and … Continue reading

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Bob Nowak’s Clutch of Quail

Here are the baby quail, waiting for release later this summer and fall.

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Meet Bob Nowak, a Laporte County Landowner in the Trail Creek Watershed who inspires the SWCD and our work for healthy soil and water.

We’re sure there are many people taking care of their land and employing conservation techniques the way Bob Nowak does up in Michigan City, just west of the I-94 Interchange and north of Route 20.  But meeting people like Bob … Continue reading

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Saugany Lake detailing downspout into new rain garden

The good folks at Saugany Lake Conservation Club, led by Don Lode, are shown here detailing the downspout from the Conservation Building at the fairgrounds.  This rain garden will capture one-fourth of this large building’s roof rainfall.

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Rain Garden within new native landscape at County Fairgrounds

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The LaPorte County SWCD, together with tremendous assistance from Saugany Lake Conservation Club, has recently transformed of portion of the grounds of the Conservation Building over at the County Fairgrounds.  The plan calls for a native prairie garden demonstrating low irrigation and no-fertilizer requiremenets, … Continue reading

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Indiana’s Fish of the Galena River Watershed

Check out these amazingly cool-looking fish that are native to Indiana’s portion of the Galena Watershed.  Our conservation friend and colleague, Joe Exl – the senior water policy planner at NIRPC – helped put together this great brochure.  Thanks for … Continue reading

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Blue Green Algae website update

For more information Blue Green Algae testing and updates, click on IDEM’s link, below. http://www.in.gov/idem/algae/2310.htm Indiana Reservoir and Lake Update for June 10, 2011 The Indiana State Department of Health cautions Hoosiers of possible high levels of blue-green algae, also known as … Continue reading

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