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Service Learning Group will do skit at GCSWCD annual meeting

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

(File Photo) The Plummer/Richland Creek Watershed Service Learning Group spent some time in Richland Creek behind Shawnee Theatre for their first field day taking samples in October. The group will be performing a skit at the GCSWCD Annual Business Meeting. The students are (from left) Kayla Drogich, Amber Coker, April McKay, Shane Obannon, Hannah Kocher, and Joshlyn Held.
The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting their annual business meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

SWCD District Coordinator Deborah Lynn said the meal, provided by Three Generations, is free of charge, but those who plan to attend need to RSVP by Feb. 12.

The guest speaker will be Kevin Orpurt, a weatherman with WTHI-TV in Terre Haute.

"This meeting is for anybody who wants to know what is going on with soil and water, and what is going on in Greene County," Lynn said.

Following the meal, the Service Learning Group will be presenting a skit.

The group consists of high school students working with Plummer/Richland Creek Watershed Coordinator Adam Grossman. The students have been doing research in the Plummer and Richland Creeks, and will be putting together a comprehensive plan to better the watershed issues in the area.

Following the skit, Lynn said Randy Koenig is up for re-election to the SWCD Board of Directors, and Steve Crowe is up for re-appointment to the board.

The SWCD will also honor the Conservation Farmer of the Year, who is chosen based on efforts to better the watershed and conserving resources in the area.

Last year, Sam Zuckschwerdt, of Bloomfield, was named 2011 Conservation Farmer of the year for his work with local youth and his dedication to conservation.

Lynn added there will be an update on several of the projects being worked on through the SWCD.

"We are going to talk about things we have done in 2012, and things that are coming in 2013. For example, Operation Medicine Cabinet. We didn't do it in 2012, but we did it in 2011. What we are going to do this time, instead of connecting it and working it with state and federal Take Back times, we are going to set it up so we can do this locally. We will do this twice a year," Lynn explained.

There will also be an update on the Tulip Trestle project. The project is going to update and beautify the historic eastern Greene County landmark, and make it tourist-friendly.

Lynn said the SWCD will also give an update on their work towards obtaining a grant for the removal of log jams.

"This meeting will cover a lot of people and topics," Lynn said.

If interested in attending the meeting, contact Lynn at 812-384-4781 extension 3.

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