LISBON – The Columbiana Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking public input on potential flooding issues, bank erosion issues and other situations affecting the Little Beaver Creek watershed.
“We are trying to identify certain problem areas,” Bryan Weiant said Wednesday morning.
Weyant, who is the Little Beaver Creek watershed coordinator for the Columbiana SWCD, spoke briefly with the Columbiana County commissioners during their meeting at the courthouse.
He said two stream exclusion projects have just been completed to remove livestock from streams that lead to Little Beaver Creek, covering at least 6,000 feet of stream. One project was south of Salem and the other was located in Gavers. Both projects involved installing fences on either side of the watercourse to create a buffer zone, and include watercourse crossings for livestock to cross.
Commissioner Tim Weigle asked about funding and Weyant said a possible grant was available.
“At this time, the district is working to implement best management practices to improve water quality in the Little Beaver Creek watershed,” Weyant said. The district will work with partners to develop a 9-element non-point source implementation strategy for a HUC-12 watershed within the larger Little Beaver Creek watershed. This strategy can be used to raise funds for water quality projects in critical areas.
He said the public should stay tuned for a future meeting regarding public comment. Some of the possible ways for the district to alleviate the problems include restoring wetlands or restoring waterways.
Any landowners wanting more information on stream exclusion, stream restoration, or wetland restoration can call the Columbiana SWCD office in Salem at 330-332-8732.
Weyant was asked about a recent private wetland project in Franklin Square and said a project was being administered by Davey Resource Group to restore wetlands and plant trees and shrubs. Each small flag planted in the ground marks the spot where a tree or shrub has been planted by Shenandoah Habitats – approximately 26,000 trees or shrubs. Wetlands are beneficial for water quality. They act as a filter and provide valuable wildlife habitat.
Weyant said the district also encourages the creation of beneficial wildlife habitat through federal farm law programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). ). The district can help provide this habitat, benefiting deer, turkey, quail, pheasant, waterfowl or even pollinator habitat.
Weyant can be reached at [email protected]
In other matters, commissioners approved the following American Rescue Plan Act expenditures: $200,000 for the Columbiana County Development Department; $87,000 for the Wellsville Community Foundation for the cultural/tourism center; and $10,000 for the Brightside Project for Early Childhood Education.
Commissioners also passed a resolution authorizing Commissioner Mike Halleck, Chairman of the Board, to sign a Water Pollution Loan Agreement for the Hanoverton Sanitary Sewer System. The commissioners also approved numerous appropriations, a transfer to the Development Department, and allowed Gwendell and Anthony Bolen and Raymond and Margaret McClain to hunt on the County Home Road property.
The next commissioners’ meeting will be at 9 a.m. on August 3 at the courthouse.