U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
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?”
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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.
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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 Please note that some of the contacts on the list in the back of the manual may be out of date.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.
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
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
Regional Envirothon Winners Finish Strong at the State Envirothon
Teams Amoeba Alert and Tree Thuggers, from Manatee and Sarasota High Schools respectively, were awarded special recognitions at the State Envirothon held recently at Hillsborough River State Park. The Amoeba Alert team received special recognition for high score in the Soils and Land Use Category. The Tree Thuggers excelled on the oral questions at the state Envirothon and were given special recognition for their high score. Amoeba Alert finished in 5th place and Tree Thuggers placed 11th overall out of 26 teams in the state competition.
L. to R.: Leah Rothfeld, Kyle Grosser, Patricia Zalo (in back), Anna Trinci, Lauren Demo, and Teri Polly
(Manatee High School Amoeba Alert)
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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For More Information
Or contact the local Manasota Service Center
6942 Professional Parkway East
Sarasota, FL 34240-8414
Jack Creighton, USDA/NRCS District Conservationist
Gail Somodi, Manatee County Soil Conservation Supervisor
John Noll, Manatee County District Soil Conservation Planner