Landowners in Mercer, Auglaize and Shelby counties have a unique opportunity to help improve the water quality in Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys at the same time. Both lakes have histories of water problems with blue-green algae, mostly caused by high nutrient amounts in the water.
Algae clogged the city of Toledo’s water intake from Lake Erie last year, has closed the once-popular Grand Lake beaches and has caused problems with boaters and anglers who have had to fish through a gooey, green scum in some places.
The Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, create wildlife habitat and safeguard ground and surface water, promoting the enrollment of 67,000 acres of farmland in a variety of conservation practices.
Those three counties lie within both the Lake Erie and GLSM watersheds. The program is available for all landowners within the Lake Erie watershed.
Participants can earn money on less economically viable cropland, such as areas of land that historically lay wet, as well as cropland bordering ditch banks, streams, and woodlots.
In exchange for installing and maintaining these practices, landowners earn a guaranteed annual rental payment for 14 to 15 years, plus costs for putting in the programs.
Landowners in District Five, Auglaize, Mercer and Shelby counties, who want to create wildlife habitat and reduce soil erosion while providing cleaner water may contact ODNR Division of Wildlife private lands biologist John Kaiser for technical assistance at (937) 347-0938.
Deer in Dayton
The first-ever Five Rivers Deer Camp, including a social hour and banquet, will be held in Dayton on May 2, starting at 4:30 p.m.
The event will include an auction and a number of vendors for hunting products, including equipment, artwork and collectibles. There will also be an appearance by Travis “T-Bone” Turner, co-host of Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector TV show.
Tickets for the event, to be held at The Irish Club, 6555 Dog Leg Road, are $40, available by advance purchase only with a ticket deadline of April 28. Call Brandon Showen at (937) 725-9349, or visit whitetailsunlimited.com.
Boating summit slated
The first Ohio Boating Summit is slated for May 4 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus. People interested in paddling, fishing or boating in Ohio are encouraged to attend. It is offered by the Ohio Division of Watercraft.
The summit will include many facets of boating in Ohio. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $25, $10 with a student ID, and $10 for groups of six or more. Lunch may be purchased for $11.50 for people who preregister for the summit. For information, visit watercraft.ohiodnr.gov.