The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on September 10, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was called to order by Mike Kelley, Chairman. Directors present were Irvin Bane, Sally Breese and Bev Miller. District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employees present were Kent Bohnhoff, Matt Bell and Debbie Clairmont.
~Financials/Minutes: August minutes, Irvin motioned, Sally seconded. Motion carried.
Bev made a motion to approve the August financials, Sally seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to pay all outstanding checks, Bev seconded. Motion carried.
~Bev submitted her report in writing. Bev attended “Women Caring for the Land” conservation conference which focused on soil health and included a tour of the nutrient management and cover crop research plot for ISU and Franklin Family Farm where The Nature Conservancy provided information on soil types and prairie grasses. On August 29th IDNR released their rules to regulate “fracking” in Illinois. The General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules now has 45 days to approve the rules and may also ask for an extension. Rick Nicols, our State Association Executive Director, hopes the 97 SWCDs across the state can step up to the plate to assume a leadership role to get the IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Plan implemented and keep it a voluntary program. Rich believes it can place SWCDs in the legislative spotlight and give more validity as to why we need to be financially supported in the future.
~Kent gave his NRCS report as written. Sign up for CSP 2014 is going on with the 1st application cutoff in February. Contract holders from 2010-1 and 2010-2 have the choice to try to reenroll all of their acres, just part, or none and must complete a new application form by September 12. EQIP applications are continuous and there is a back log of 66 applications in various funding pools. We have obligated 12 contracts this year. Two wetlands have been completed and two others are in progress (Greg Moga and Mike O’Neil).
~Ross gave his RC report as written. Earth Express had a large schedule this fall. Dave Feese’s SSRP application has been approved for funding to be completed by November 2014 and permitting has been submitted. Fish and Tree Sales are underway, board pricing is available. The Golf Outing was held August 26th at Crestwicke Country Club; $1,300 was raised. Signs highlighting our sponsors were put up at each hole. Interviewed on WJBC Radio as part of their Conservation and Soil Health theme. Ross has been working on contracts, CPOs and meeting with producers for the NRCS contribution agreement. The Pheasants Forever Banquet will be October 16th at the Doubletree hotel. There were 25 attendees at the Pond Shocking event. Ross is now the Treasurer of Friends of EverBloom.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. Mike O’Neil’s wetland is now complete. Randy Crump’s wetland is currently being designed and O’Neal has decided not to move forward with his wetland. The Coke wetland will be constructed on City property near the tile research site. Wayne will be designing it and TNC will hire the contractor. There have been 92 fields in the watershed enrolled in the Adapt Network program this year. Flights have been completed and stalk sampling will begin soon. ISU students will be meeting key stake holders at the upcoming FOE meeting to arrange focus groups and key informant interviews. The shoreline and lunker project at Lake Bloomington will begin in November. The resaturation site project at T-3 site will be done in the next couple weeks. Lakes Fest 2014 will be held September 27th & 28th at Evergreen Lake and Lake Bloomington with fishing tournament, pontoon boat rides, family activities and a 5K run.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board meeting was set for November 12th, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center. The meeting concluded at 8:20 a.m.