Soil and water district seeks input on natural resource needs

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking input from county residents and landowners concerning natural resource needs and citizens.

A survey has been developed to assist in feedback to the JSWCD office. Residents may print out the survey on the website at or complete the Survey Monkey link at or call the office at (740) 264-9790 and the survey will be mailed.

The office is located at 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, formerly the Bantam Ridge Elementary School. The survey also can be obtained there.

“If we work together, we can solve Ohio’s water quality issues and improve the quality of life for all Ohioans for generations to come,” said Irene Ann Moore, JSWCD administrator.

“Jefferson County residents have the opportunity to make a difference,” she said.

“The first is to express interest in local conservation efforts. If you have local natural resource concerns, you may be affecting our environment as your voice can be heard through the survey process conducted,” she stated.

“Second, you can become proactive by reducing the amount of phosphorus applied to the yard to prevent nutrients from washing into Ohio’s waterways and improve the overall health of the lawn. Fertilizer is a critical component of growing food. By using the right fertilizer source at the right time and placement, farmers can take significant strides to ensure that nutrients stay in the fields for the plants to utilize and are not washed into Ohio’s waterways,” Moore explained.

Homeowners and businesses can implement backyard conservation principles and best management practices such as the proper use of lawn fertilizer application and a properly functioning septic system to protect Ohio’s water quality.

The JSWCD is working with farmers, teachers and students, homeowners, townships and municipalities, industry workers and more to educate and promote wise nutrient management.

The district has programs available that will give land users the education and resource tools to take the right approach to improve and protect water quality in the county, watersheds, state and beyond, officials said.

The JSWCD is working in conjunction with the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with support of the Ohio Soybean Council, to reach residents using the 4R nutrient stewardship principles and conservation practices,