The McDowell County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2020 Awards Ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, March 13th at 5:30pm, has been cancelled. The SWCD will send out invitations when a new date has been determined.
Congratulations to Peyton Webb, the 2020 Soil and Water Conservation District Speech Contest Winner. She will present her speech at the Area Competition at the end of February. We wish Peyton the best of luck!
The 2020 McDowell County Soil and Water Conservation District Contest theme is “Wetlands Are Wonderful”. There is a Poster, Essay and Public Speaking Contest.
Poster Contest – 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade
Essay Contest – 6th grade
Speech Contest – 7th and 8th grade
The Contest Entries are due to McDowell SWCD by Jan. 31, 2020. For more information and rules for the contest, please call Andrea Webb at 828-652-4434.
McDowell County Soil and Water Department recently completed 1,000 linear feet of stream restoration on North Cove Elementary School Campus. Project partners included: McDowell County Schools, Mountain Valleys RC&D Council, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, NCDACS Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Jennings Environmental, PLLC. and Belflower Farms, LLC. The project was a joint venture with the Soil & Water District office through the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. Look for further updates to this project in Spring 2020.
McDowell County SWCD is very proud to have Aubrey Kuykendall and Hannah Rose Wilson represent us at the 2019 State Speech Contest!!
Once a year, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts hold a speech contest for each of the counties in North Carolina. Every year the speech contest theme changes and this years theme happened to be “We All Live In A Watershed”. Students presented on the different aspects of how a watershed is affected by human interaction. Each student also explained ways of reducing environmental impacts which included picking up trash, riding bicycles, and keeping cars maintained to reduce oil leeks. All of these speeches were presented to the conservation boards to judge and to decided which students would move on to the state competition.
McDowell County Winners
Out of all the competitors in the Area 1 Conservation District, McDowell County was honored to have two students move to the state level. The McDowell County Soil and Water Conservation District would like to congratulate two students form West McDowell Middle School for winning FIRST PLACE at district, area competition: 7th grader Danielle Rector, and 8th grader Zoe Mespelt. Both students will be going be to State competition in May to compete for the state title.
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Soil and Water Conservation in McDowell County
The McDowell Soil and Water Conservation District has changed over time. We’ve gone from sketching management plans manually to planning large conservation project on our computers. We’ve gone from roughly surveying the terrain to using pin point accurate surveying equipment that connects to GPS and satellite imagery to create a 3-D model of the field for us to use in our management plans. Also, the connectivity between other district offices and other agencies allows us to make the best designs and plans for our clients that shows practicality and meets our long term conservation goals. This has helped to make McDowell a more ecologically sustainable county in terms of agriculture through the work that this office has provided.
Our Pledge to McDowell
Our conservation team is ready to tackle most any soil and water concerns in the county. We can assist in the planning and technical assistance of most agricultural related projects as long as it meets our guidelines for assistance. Plans are monitored through the Division of Soil and Water, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and through engineering specialists that assist through all stages of the active projects. This ensures that each project is completed to the highest standard and that we are implementing functional and innovative plans to each of our projects.
- If you have any soil and water related concerns about your property, give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way that we can.