October 11, 2007

NRCS Adds Three Counties to Northeast Missouri RC&D Area

The USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has added Macon, Shelby and Marion counties to the Northeast Missouri Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) area.

The three counties join Adair, Clark, Lewis, Scotland, Knox and Schuyler counties, which have comprised the Northeast Missouri RC&D area since it was established in 1997. In addition to adding the three counties, NRCS is moving the RC&D office from Memphis to Edina so that it will be more centrally located, says Ken Berry, Northeast Missouri RC&D project coordinator.

The Northeast Missouri RC&D area has a mission to improve quality of life by serving as a catalyst to create partnerships needed to achieve economic and natural resources development in the region.

Examples of projects in which the Northeast Missouri RC&D office has provided assistance include: promoting and installing dry hydrants, which turn ponds, lakes and streams into sources of available water for fighting rural fires; the Fox River Ecosystem Development project, which is geared toward protecting and improving the quality of the water in the Fox River watershed; and helping county commissions obtain funds to improve low-water crossings over creeks. The Northeast Missouri RC&D also helped obtain grant funds for a community gymnasium in Scotland County, and is taking part in a similar project in Knox County.

Berry says adding the three counties to the area will make the Northeast Missouri RC&D stronger, allowing the RC&D to undertake more projects.

These three counties are a good fit because agriculturally and in terms of population they are similar to the original six, Berry says. I look forward to working with the three new counties.

Missouri has eight multi-county RC&D areas. Each area is led by a council made up of local volunteers who prepare area plans that outline priorities for their communities. The objectives of each RC&D are unique, based upon the resource needs of the local communities it serves.

For more information about the Northeast Missouri RC&D, contact Berry at (660) 397-2223, extension 3. Information about the Northeast Missouri RC&D area and the other seven Missouri RC&Ds also is available on the internet at http://www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/RCD/rcd.html.

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