Soils Unit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service


Manasota Regional Envirothon

Students from seven area high schools competed in this environmental competition. Working in teams of five, the students took exams in Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife, and Forestry at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Florida. The winning team Amoeba Alert (Lauren Demo, Theresa Polly, Leah Rothfeld, Anna Trinci, and Kyle Grosser) from Manatee High School will represent Manatee County at the State contest in May. Sarasota High School’s Tree Thuggers team (Robbie Heere, Toni Mogensen, Conor Shea, Halle Olson and Alisa Smovzhenko) placed first among Sarasota County schools and is eligible to compete at the State contest. Thanks to major sponsors Manatee Fish and Game Association, Mosaic Company, Sarasota County Farm Bureau, and Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Read more about the contest here at this Bradenton Herald blog: http://eastwordbradenton.blogspot.com/2014/02/manatee-high-school-places-first-in.html

*New* MRSWCD Fall 2013 Newsletter

 

Speech Contest

The Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District Speech Contest was held Thursday, November 14th at 6 pm. This speech contest is designed to develop leadership through public speaking activities and stimulate interest in conserving our natural resources. Open to any student regularly enrolled in any high school, middle school, home school, or virtual school in grades 6 through 12 in Manatee County. Cash prizes for 1st through 3rd place winners. The topic this year was “Dig Deeper-What are the Mysteries in the Soil?”

View story with photographs here.

USDA NRCS Programs

The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service Soils Unit, in partnership with the NRCS/USDA and the Manatee River Soil & Water Conservation District, assists Manatee County's private land owners with conserving their soil, water and other natural resources.

Local, state and federal agencies and policy makers also rely on our expertise. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. Cost shares and financial incentives are available in some cases. The majority of conservation application is accomplished with local partners. Participation in our program is voluntary.  Applications are taken year round.  Applications received after November 15th will be considered for future funding periods.


*New*
Now Available Online


Stormwater Ponds: A Citizen’s Guide to Their Purpose and Management

Published by the NRCS and a couple agencies, in cooperation with numerous agencies, this manual is written for citizens, stormwater managers and practitioners. With a practical approach to stormwater ponds and their care, the manual contains information on developing a neighborhood based care program for your stormwater pond. Please note that some of the contacts on the list in the back of the manual may be out of date. If you prefer a hard copy , we have a limited supply. Please call our office at 941-907-0011.

View the PDF.

Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District Board Members

An elected five-member, non-partisan board of supervisors volunteer their services.

Chairman: Jennifer Brunty, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair: John J. O’Connor, Jr.
Secretary/Treasurer: Paul Howard
Supervisor: Callon C. ‘Buddy’ Keen, Jr.
Supervisor: Ben King

 

Conservation Awards

Each year, teachers whose students participate in a Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District (MRSWCD) event select a deserving student to be presented with a MRSWCD sponsored Conservation Award. The winning students have excelled at a conservation related achievement such as land judging or presenting a speech in the annual Speech Contest in November.

Congratulations to the following students:

Middle School FFA
Amanda Neal-Buffalo Creek
Jonathon Tyler Lincoln
Meagan Gigliotti Nolan
Paige Morrison Haile

High School FFA
Emily Courson Braden River
Hunter Horne Southeast
Nick Bartoszek Lakewood Ranch
Tabetha Lex Palmetto

Manatee County 4-H
Samuel West


We coordinate several educational events for the Manatee River Soil & Water Conservation District, including Envirothon, Land Judging, Speech Competition, and the Spring Conservation Farm Tour.

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Resources

Access soil maps and data online here.

For More Information

Visit http://www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov/

Or contact the local Manasota Service Center

6942 Professional Parkway East

Sarasota, FL 34240-8414

(941) 907-0011

Jack Creighton, USDA/NRCS District Conservationist

Gail Somodi, Manatee County Soil Conservation Supervisor

John Noll, Manatee County District Soil Conservation Planner