Programs (click titles for additional information)
Phragmites australis (pronounced Frag-MY-Teez) is a non-native invasive plant which has infested the Lake Michigan shoreline in Delta County in many places, replacing the native vegetation that native insects and animals depend on for food and habitat.
The Delta Conservation District has organized the Delta Conservation District BAY WATCH GROUP to watch the shores and ditches of Delta County to help us compile location points for new growth.
Delta County Parks (click for Park's website)
The Delta Conservation District oversees the management and operation of the Delta County Parks system: Pioneer Trail Park, Fuller Campground, Rapid River Falls, Sac Bay Park and the new Cornell Township Land.
Groundwater Stewardship Program
The Central U.P. Groundwater Stewardship Program is voluntary, locally driven, and designed to address the concerns of individuals by maintaining a focus on the financial and technical constraints which drive real-world decisions. Technical assistance is free and confidential through the Groundwater Stewardship Program. Cost-share may also be available for those who need assistance and/or desire to implement environmentally sound practices.
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. MAEAP‘s mission is to develop and implement a proactive environmental assurance program ensuring that Michigan farmers are engaging in cost-effective pollution prevention practices and working to comply with state and federal environmental regulations.
Game Species Wildlife Management Program
This program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners to help them achieve their goal of wildlife management, targeting game species. This program provides financial assistance to help plan and implement wildlife habitat work primarily for game species. Owners of private forest land are eligible. The Conservation District will help landowners identify the appropriate work or activity needed to address their wildlife habitat goals and financial needs. Sign up for this program will begin September 8, 2015 thru April 1, 2016.
In accordance with amendments to Part 303, Wetlands Protection, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, that became effective November 6, 2009, the MDEQ/MDNR is implementing a program to facilitate the role of local units of government (Delta Conservation District) in assisting interested persons with complying with Part 303. The intended purpose of this program is to increase the efficiently of the permitting process through better utilization of all available resources.
The local NRCS District Conservationist and the Delta Conservation District provides a delivery system for the Farm Bill technical assistance and cost-share programs that help get conservation practices on the ground in our local area. These programs include the Environmental Quality Incentives, Wildlife Habitat Improvement, and Wetland Reserve Programs, a broad assortment of contracting and on-site technical assistance, GPS/GIS use for land mapping, conservation plan development, implementation and maintenance, and construction inspection.
Michigan’s Part 91 law covers erosion control permits for earthwork and building projects. If you are undertaking an earth change (any type of clearing, grubbing, bulldozing, excavating, grading, building, etc.) that will be over one acre (43,560 sq. ft.) and/or within 500 ft. of a lake or stream, you are required to obtain an erosion control permit. The Delta Conservation District is the County Enforcing Agency (CEA).
The Forestry Assistance Program works to provide an initial professional contact with landowners who are interested in Natural Resource Management and Environmental issues on their properties. Another important goal of the program is to refer jobs/projects to private sector businesses (consultants, timber producers, engineers, construction contractors, surveyors, et cetera).
The Conservation District is available for assistance with Stream Bank Stabilization projects.