The Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District met with the County Commissioners on Thursday to discuss their annual budget.
The district meets with the commissioners twice a year to give them an update on expenses and newly implemented programs. This year, with grant funding the Muskingum Soil and Water District was able to participate in a new cover crop program, where crops such as rye, wheat and radishes are planted to improve soil and water.
"Cover crops are used to protect the soil mostly in the winter time and to keep rain water from washing off the soil so we had a cost share program through the Muskingum Water Shed Conservancy District which is about a 16 county area, " said Muskingum Soil and Water Administrator, Lisa Crock.
Along with this program, the Soil and Water District is also gearing up for more initiatives for 2014 and encourages the public to come out.
"We start our back yard clinics again in January," said Crock. "We are wrapping up tonight for this year, but in January we will have a winter bird ID, we have a blue bird box clinic coming up so people will be able to build blue bird boxes."
The budget for next year will include local, state and grant funding and is expected to be held at approximately $370,000.