Summer 2016: Quarterly Newsletter from Shannon Blankinship,
Duval Soil and Water Conservation District, Chairman
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Meet your Duval Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors...
Shannon Blankinship

Term: 2015 - 2019
Term: 2015 - 2019
Treasurer, Brian Allen
Term: 2013 - 2017
Secretary and Public Relations Chair, Dan Evans
Term: 2015 - 2019
Evelyn Coney
Term: 2013 - 2017
District Aid, Vacant
Term: 2016-2017
Interested in the position? See our Job Description, forward to a friend or apply today! 
Affiliate Board Members
Allen Moore, retired USDA District Conservationist, Soil Scientist with 43 years of agricultural experience. 
Ed Wright, former NRCS Employee and a current Earth Team volunteer.
Sebastian Alexander, former DSWCD board Chairman, 2013 - 2015.
Assistance Helps Florida Farmers, Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources
Application deadline Oct. 21

Through EQIP, agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals and related resources in the following categories:
  Begin by visiting your local NRCS field office and requesting help developing a conservation plan. Experts provide this free service to help you use your natural resources more efficiently. To learn about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS, go to Getting Started with NRCS.
Duval Soil and Water Conservation District
U.S. 301 North, #108 
Baldwin, Fl, 32234

(904) 266-0088

Join us at an upcoming meeting! We meet on every 3rd Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Duval/IFAS Extension Office 
1010 N McDuff Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254

Duval Neighbors,

Check out the exciting work the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District is doing to develop programs for conservation education and funding.

Plan of Operations

To direct the 5 individual Duval Soil and Water Supervisors towards a common goal, we sat down in December and created a Plan of Operations for 2016. The plan outlines major focus areas and action items. Here are the highlights:
  • Conservation Education 
    • Host the annual Envirothon and encourage regional participation from nearby counties
  • Partnerships 
    • Invite conservation partners to each monthly meeting to learn more about their work, share our work, and build partnerships
  • Conservation Technical Assistance
    • Work to inform Duval County producers about the technical and financial services available via outreach and workshops
  • Water Quality 
    • Research stormwater management programs, projects and funding resources available and being undertaken by other agencies in Duval  
In addition, focus areas include action items for Soils, Flooding, Water Conservation and Wildfire Suppression. While 2016 wraps up, Supervisors continue to work towards completion of the current plan while preparing for 2017. Stay tuned! Progress continues. View our full Plan of Operations here, and read more about it on our blog
Darnell-Cookman students race to finish questions about soil types in Duval County.

Envirothon: We're so proud! 

A dozen high schools and nearly 200 students participated in the 2016 Envirothon hosted by the Duval Soil & Water Conservation District. This national natural resources competition has been hosted locally for more than 23 years, and we are proud to continue the educational legacy!

Competing in categories of Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, Land Use and Soils and a Current Environmental Issue, students formed teams from Sandalwood, Bishop Kenney, Atlantic Coast, Darnell-Cookman, Terry Parker, Christ Church, and Frank H. Peterson

Congrats to Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts who took the Gold with Sandalwood taking Silver and Atlantic Coast with Bronze. Darnell-Cookman then went on to the state competition in central Florida. We are very proud that the team representing Duval County placed 9th overall and won 1st place in the Aquatic Ecology competition! Find pictures here. 
For more information about competing, becoming a sponsor or becoming a part of the March 9, 2017 Envirothon hosted at the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary, email Supervisor Dan Evans, Jr. 
Elections are almost here!
Elections of Duval At-Large Groups 2 and 4, no party affiliation, will be a part of the November 2016 ballot. In Group 2 - Hunter Anderson and John Bates have both filed. In Group 4 - Nelson Greene is the only filed candidate. Learn more about each candidate and GO VOTE! 
Pollution Solutions! The LaSalle Bioswale was installed in 2012 at the San Marco Public Library. The area in between the road and sidewalk retains stormwater to irrigate native plants like muhly grass and bald cypress.
Upcoming Events

9/9 – Environmental Symposium, UNF, Free
This event is a day of scientific and technical presentations highlighting current research in the environment by residents, government agencies, utilities and innovators in a forum designed to foster an atmosphere of cooperation in environmental achievement.

9/10 – Pollution Solution Festival, MOSH, Free
Learn about how to reduce air, water & noise pollution through various activities and special presentations.

9/15 – Mayors Environmental Luncheon, UNF, $25 per person
The event recognizes companies, groups and individuals who’ve made positive impacts on Northeast Florida’s environment.

9/15 – Microplastics – The Sources Might Surprise You, Black Creek Outfitters, Free
St. Johns RIVERKEEPER will provide a short training session to learn about microplastics, how to look for them and how to prevent microplastics in our waterways.

9/17 – International Coastal Cleanup, Various Locations, Free
More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the 2015 cleanup. Join several sites in Jacksonville in 2016 to remove litter from reaching our oceans. 

We have lots of work to do! Learn about the latest updates from the board, upcoming meetings, educational opportunities and how to get involved on

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