The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on April 8, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was could not be called to order as there was no quorum. Directors present were Irvin Bane and Mike Kelley. District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employees present were Kent Bohnhoff and Matt Bell.
~Financials/Minutes: Financials and minutes were reviewed, but no motions made.
~Kent gave his report as written. A new area structure proposed with 4 areas instead of 5; McLean and Livingston counties will be combined. There are 23 new applications for CSP and 10 potential re-enrolls for 2016. Two application cutoffs are planned for EQIP; November 21 and January 16 with funding cutoffs January 9 and March 6. Three applications being considered for first cutoff and 2 have been preapproved. Will continue to work on layout and design of projects with applications. Six wetlands have been completed and one in progress with a couple new applications. There are many new CRP applications to work on and FSA is out of field border acres across the state.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. Mike O’Neil’s WASCOBs have been paid. The rest of FY13 funds and FY14 funds will be used for Robert Klemm’s waterway project which construction has been completed on. Can be paid after seeding. CREP site visits will be finished as weather gets nice. There are 480 students signed up for Conservation Day, May 14th. Martin’s sponsored the Contractor’s Breakfast on April 7th at Davis Lodge, 10 contractors and employees attended. The Pond and Land Management Meeting was March 17th at Davis Lodge, 40 attended. Eureka High School student, Tyler Rocke, job shadowed the day of the fish sale.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. The Crump still needs tiled and seeded. Construction on the Coke wetland will take place in May with a June 1st deadline of completion. A Landowner Advisory group is being formed to give perceptive to the scope of work involved with the watersheds and watersheds TNC is working in. 2015 Adapt Network applications are available and will be sent to last year’s participants. The goal for 2015 is 88 fields in the watersheds along with 2 timing and 3 rate trials. The water survey will begin mid-May to the randomly selected residents in the City of Bloomington, Towanda, Hudson and Lake Bloomington area.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for June 10, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service. The meeting concluded at 9:00 a.m.