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Benton Soil, Water Conservation District earns state recognition from NRCS

The Oregon Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) today awarded the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with their NRCS 2010 SWCD District Partnership Award during the annual Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) conference held this week in Sun River, Ore.

Benton Soil, Water Conservation District earns state recognition from NRCS

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Chairman of the Board, Thomas E. Bedell (left) is presented the award for the Oregon Natural Resources and Conservation Service SWCD District of the Year award

October 28, 2010

SUN RIVER, Ore. — The Oregon Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) today awarded the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with their NRCS 2010 SWCD District Partnership Award during the annual Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) conference held this week in Sun River, Ore.

Thomas E. Bedell, Chairman of the Board for the Benton SWCD, accepted the award from visiting Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Mills, who has been in Oregon this past week in visiting various NRCS projects and speaking at the conference.

“The Benton SWCD staff is a tireless crew always willing to roll up their sleeves to get conservation on the ground,” said Ron Alvarado, the NRCS State Conservationist in Oregon.

“Their Technical Resources Projects have been focused on improving water quality.  They’ve helped local landowners obtain over $117,000 of funding for 19 projects including irrigation efficiency projects, three-bin horse manure compost facilities, rocked areas for horses/cattle to winter, grassed waterways, cross fencing for better cattle management, over 50 acres of riparian plantings and fencing to keep livestock out of riparian areas,” said Alvarado.

The purpose of this award is to recognize the best of the 45 Oregon SWCD districts that has provided outstanding conservation assistance and service as a partner to NRCS over the past year.

“The Benton SWCD just completed the first year of the Soil Quality Project funded by an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant, Oregon Tilth, the Benton County Farm Bureau and the Benton SWCD,” said Alvarado. “This project is anticipated to become the foundation of a regional soil quality network.”

The Benton SWCD, with its office located in Corvallis, has a mission to provide leadership to Benton County residents through education and technical assistance for conservation and responsible use and management of soil, water and related resources.  The district coordinates and partners with state and federal natural resource agencies, private organizations, and local governments to help accomplish their conservation goals.

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