State conservationists hold board meeting at UWP

August 13, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted the summer session of the Land and Water Conservation Board Meeting Aug. 4-5. Board members from across the state came to discuss soil and water conservation practices and activities that take place.

The group meets every other month in Madison to discuss management and preservation possibilities of all counties in state. During the summer session each year the group travels to a different area of the state to tour the facilities there.

Arriving in Grant County Monday afternoon, the board had lunch at the Pioneer Student Center. The group then toured the Pioneer Farm as well as visited with local conservationist in the county which ended up near Potosi along the Mississippi River.

"It gives the area conservationists a chance to show us what they have been working on and advancement they would like to see be implemented," said the chair of the Land and Water Conservation Board Bill Elman.

On Tuesday, the group had its business portion of the meeting. Members discussed the update on the state budget for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Members of the two groups also gave a presentation on the 2004 Joint Preliminary Allocation Plan.

"The Allocation Plan allows the board to distribute $27 million between all of the counties in the state to further advance conservation in their county," said Keith Foye of the DATCP.

Board members then heard reviews of land and water conservation plans by conservationists from Dane and Sawyer counties. The final business of the meeting consisted of reports from DNR representative John Pfender about the proposed selection of targeted runoff management and the update on urban nonpoint source and storm water management. The meeting concluded with a luncheon in the Pioneer Student Center. PR#3-1572

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