POMEROY — Personnel of the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District are all settled into their new location on Memorial Drive and are back to business as usual.
While the move took place in mid-December, it took some time for the personnel to get all settled into their new offices, so the open house for the public’s viewing of the new Meigs SWCD offices was delayed until last week.
For the past 23 years, the agency had been located on Hiland Ave, but a move was necessitated when the Farm Service Agency office which shared space was consolidated with Gallia County and moved into that location.
The financial loss on expenses forced a location change and the logical move was into property owned by Meigs County which partially supports the SWCD services. The new address is 113 E Memorial Drive, Suite D.
The mission of the agency is “to provide assistance for the wise use of our natural resources for present and future generations.”
The scope of services ranges from educational programs for youth and adults to watershed projects, to wildlife issues to recycling, to what is called additional services which range from equipment for rent to items for sale such as plat books and topographical maps.
Included in the variety of late winter programming is Astronomy Night scheduled for 8 p.m. on March 12, with a bad weather date of March 14, at the Meigs SWCD Conservation Area located on New Lima Road near Rutland. It is a free event with no registration required, but participants are to take their own binoculars.
An Ohio Hunter Education Course will be offered April 1-6 at the Shade River Coon Hunters Club with registration online through the Ohio Division of Wildlife. It is also free but is limited to 30 participants. A rain barrel workshop has been set for 6 p.m. April 2 at the Conservation Area, which is also free with the first 10 registered getting a free barrel and barrel attachment kit.
Then on April 20 the annual Leading Creek Stream Sweep will take place at Jim Vennarri Park in Rutland, and on May 4 there will be a county-wide cleanup day, tentatively slated for May 4, at the fairgrounds.