- We believe in maintaining the agricultural values
that are responsible for the pristine condition of the Darby Creek Watershed.
- We encourage establishment and/or maintenance of
adequate tile outlets as a top priority in the Darby Creek watershed
- We encourage no-till farming on all cropland to
reduce erosion which will improve water quality, and reduce labor, machinery
and fuel cost.
- We encourage use of best management practices on
highly erodible lands
- We encourage ditch maintenance through the
petition ditch process.(Ohio Revised Code(ORC)
- We encourage installation of standardized tiled
systems on agricultural lands needing drainage.
- We encourage soil testing of all cropland acres
every 2 years with public program cost-sharing. Benefits: Balancing crop
fertilizer needs and nutrient reduction of streams.
- We promote improved water quality by
establishment of riparian buffers.
- We encourage the removal of logjams that impede
stream flow and cause stream bank erosion.
- We encourage universal Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency (OEPA) testing based on scientific data for stream/channel
- We encourage seining for educational/scientific
purposes instead of electro shocking.
- We encourage required maintenance of adjacent
streams and channels when a new subdivision or rural residential permits are
- We encourage landowners to address
needs where water quality is impacted by such systems
- We encourage the education of rural
landowner/developers about the importance of tile systems and outlets and
We encourage agencies or groups interested in the Darby
Creek Watershed to contact us either by
calling your local SWCD.