In August 1943, Clermont County held a referendum where an extraordinary 97 percent of the voters supported the creation of a soil conservation district. This year, the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District is celebrating 75 years of conservation with a diamond anniversary open house and dinner banquet on Thursday, September 13 at Shaw Farms, located at 1737 SR 131 in Miami Township.
Soil & Water Conservation Districts rose throughout the United States following the Dust Bowl era in the 1930s. In 1943, the Clermont Soil Conservation District was the 13th district created in Ohio. Early efforts in Clermont County focused on drainage, erosion control, terracing, strip cropping and assistance with pond building.
In 1961, the District’s mission expanded to include water quality, as its name was changed to the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District. Following changes to the Clean Water Act in 1987, a greater emphasis was placed on storm water programs, and in the 1990s and 2000s, Clermont SWCD initiated and strengthened water quality protection efforts in the East Fork Little Miami River watershed. Today, Clermont SWCD’s efforts place an emphasis on both building soil quality and reducing nutrient runoff from agricultural fields, managing storm water runoff in urban areas to reduce drainage problems and to prevent pollutants from washing into nearby streams, and working with members of the East Fork Watershed Cooperative to control harmful algal blooms on East Fork Lake.
The diamond anniversary festivities begin at 5 p.m. and will include music from Full Moon Ranch, a mobile aquarium from the Newport Aquarium, hayrides, children’s activities with area naturalists, and displays looking back at 75 years of conservation in Clermont County.
The banquet dinner and meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be provided by Taste of the Good Life catering and local beer from Old Firehouse Brewery and wine from O’Bannon Creek Vineyards will be served.
Admission to the pre-dinner activities is free. Pre-registration is required for the diamond anniversary dinner. Tickets are $12 for adults and $4 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Tickets may be ordered online, or contact Susie Steffensen at (513) 732-7075 ext. 2 or at email@example.com.
Gene Derrickson Presenting the Outstanding Farmer Award to Mr. and Mrs. John Hardin in 1966