Fish Habitat and Bank Stabilization Improvements
In concert with Agricultural Best Management Practices (often referred to as BMPs), the Conservation District and landowners are working diligently to improve the quality of streams in Mifflin County by installing fish habitat structures and stabilizing streambanks to provide fish with improved stream conditions. These improvements are aimed to give trout and other fish species the proper conditions to survive and reproduce. Several of the County's streams currently hold fish populations, while many others carry a great potential to become fishing streams once again.
With the cooperation of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and willing landowners, the Conservation District has recently completed stream improvements in the Hungry Run and Kishacoquillas Creek Watersheds. Due to the success of these projects, we have begun the planning and design phase for another project in the Hungry Run Watershed and one in the upper portion of the Kishacoquillas Creek Watershed.
Do you have streamside property holding fish populations? Do you recall a time in the past when fishing was a possibility on your property?
If so, contact the Conservation District, so we may schedule a visit to assess your stream conditions and potential for improvement. We also love hearing your stories about how the fishing once was and what your goals may be for the future of your cherished streamside property.
2014 Juniata River Cleanup
This summer the Mifflin County Conservation District teamed up with three neighboring conservation districts (Perry, Juniata, Huntingdon), along with Mifflin County Cleanways and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to complete a cleanup of the Juniata River. The cleanup took place on four dates in four different locations and was a huge success.
removed 7.1 tons of trash...
and 959 tires...
cleaning up 6.5 miles of river!
A giant THANK YOU to all the volunteers and those who coordinated the event!! With so much interest and success we aspire to make this an annual event, so check back for an announcement of the 2015 Juniata River Cleanup date or contact us for details.
2015 District's Annual Tree Sale...Coming Soon
Our highly popular annual tree sale is scheduled to be announced in early 2015. We tend to offer the most popular trees and plants each year and also offer a few new and exciting options. Below are examples from 2014's sale.
TREE SALE OVERVIEW
2014 VARIETIES AND DESCRIPTIONS
2014 TREE SALE ORDER FORM
Congratulating Our New-er Employee on His First Year with the District
Mifflin County Conservation District congratulates Trevor Weaver for his first, highly-successful year. Mr. Weaver serves as the District's Outreach and Technical Assistant. He works with farmers throughout the Juniata River Basin to help them gain a better understanding of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and assist them with the adoption of these practices on their farms. His focus is on developing plans for riparian buffers and streambank fencing that will benefit the landowner, while providing important water quality benefits to the Juniata River Basin.
Cooperation and Volunteering
Fish Habitat Rehabilitation - Water Jack
Members of Penns Creek Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Mifflin County Conservation District, and a private landowner and family worked cooperatively on this successful stream and fish habitat rehabilitation project.
Riparian Forest Buffer Video
The Missouri and Mississippi Divide Resource Conservation & Development cover how riparian buffers cut nitrates and phosphorus from both overland flow and underground water in this three-minute, 50-second video.
Farmers in Three Watersheds Eligible for Funding
The National Resources Conservation Service has announced funding for a new water quality initiative in three Pennsylvania watersheds. NRCS is making nearly $700,000 available to farmers and forest landowners in the Upper Kishacoquillas Creek in Mifflin County, the Upper Maiden Creek in Berks and Lehigh counties, and Sacony (also spelled as "Saucony") Creek in Berks County. The watersheds were identified because conservation practices could have significant improvements on water quality, NRCS said. Funding will pay for conservation practices including cover crops, grass waterways, waste storage facilities and streambank fencing. "American farmers are good stewards of the environment, especially when they have the tools they need to protect or improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality," said NRCS Chief Dave White. Applications for financial assistance will be accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Contact your local NRCS or Conservation District office to see if you are located in one of the watersheds.
**FREE** Assistance in Completing MANDATORY Manure Management Plans
For those who were unable to attend the Manure Management Manual Workshops in March 2013...
The District is offering to meet with individuals or small groups to provide FREE guidance in completing these MANDATORY manure management plans. Please email or call us (717-248-4695) with any questions or to arrange a time to meet with one of our manure managment plan experts.
** PA DEP revisions to the Manure Managment Plan and the new Manure Management Plan Workbook are now available at: PA DEP Manure Management
PaOneStop: Online System for Farm Mapping and Nutrient Management and E&S Planning
Penn State Cooperative Extension has started an online software tool called PaOneStop that allows farmers to map their operations and assist with compliance on nutrient management and nutrient balance sheet regulations. PaOneStop can assist agricultural producers with field mapping, nutrient management and Erosion and Sedimentation Planning. The site displays recent satellite photos to view recent practices that are being implemented on the farm.The PaOneStop program is free of charge and does not require users to add new software. After registering, users can map their operations and produce hardcopy maps necessary for regulatory compliance. The system has aerial maps, NRCS soil maps and tools to help determine setbacks and boundaries.
Online, go to www.paonestop.org
PA Climate and Weather Data by County
Thanks to someone from a cooperating agency, the MCCD would like to make the public aware of an interesting website that provides climate and weather data at the county level. Not only can weather related data be found for PA, but also for other regions of the United States. Please visit the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Weather Center for more information, or to view information about PA counties, click on the following link: http://wwwagwx.ca.uky.edu/panowwx.2.html
Penn State researchers have developed a website http://stinkbug-info.org/ that's expected to help explain the behavior and biology of the brown marmorated stink bug. Homeowners, growers, and nursery operators are invited to participate in this "citizen science" funded by the state Agriculture Department. People can add details about the stink bug population around them, what plants the pests are eating, and estimate how much damage the bugs are doing. It is hoped that this tool can provide a snapshot of where people see the bug and when. Then we can interpret that to help predict which crops are at risk and when. Although it has been about 20 years since brown marmorated stink bugs were first reported in the state, last summer was really the first time they became a widespread danger to crops. Populations are expected to increase again this year.
2015 Board Meetings
The Mifflin County Conservation District Board of Directors has regularly scheduled meetings. The meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held in the Mifflin County Conservation District Office and the schedule for 2015 is as follows:
January 20th at 10:00am; February 17th at 10:00am; March 17th at 10:00am; April 21st at 7:30pm; May 19th at 7:30pm; June 16th at 7:30pm; July 21st at 7:30pm; August 18th at 7:30pm; September 15th at 7:30pm; October 20th at 7:30pm; November 17th at 10:00am