The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District has partnered with Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research to offer residents the opportunity to have their well water tested.
If your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for your water’s safety. If you have never had your water supply tested, it is always a good idea to educate yourself on what is present in your drinking water and provide yourself with some baseline information in the event there are changes in the future that may impact the quality of your water supply.
Should you test your well water?
Your well has an increased likelihood of contamination if:
• Your well is more than 20 years old
• Your well was dug or driven rather than drilled
• Your well is shallow
• Your soil is sandy
• A chemical spill is known to have happened nearby
• Your well is near possible sources of contamination, such as: cropland, feedlots, landfills, industrial sites (active or abandoned).
Even if your well fits none of these categories, you cannot know the quality of your water without testing. Contaminants may have entered the ground without your knowledge or before you lived at the site.
Due to supply and testing equipment issues, the only test kit Heidelberg is offering at this time is the basic nitrate test, which includes testing for nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, chloride, sulfates, fluoride, soluble phosphorus, silica, and conductivity.
The cost of the kit is $30.00 (which includes shipping), made payable to Van Wert SWCD.
The test kits will be for sale Monday, Feb. 13th through Friday, Feb. 17th, 2023. The samples must be returned to the Van Wert SWCD on Monday, Feb. 20th between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participants can expect their confidential results back in two to four weeks from Heidelberg University.
The deadline to purchase seedlings from the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District is March 31, 2023. The seedlings are available in packets of ten at a minimal cost.
The following seedling species are available: Norway Spruce, Sugar Maple, Red Osier Dogwood, Colorado Blue Spruce, Swamp White Oak, Black Cherry, Black Walnut, Black Chokeberry, Pin Oak, Bur Oak, Eastern White Pine, American Arborvitae, Paw, Paw, Austrian Pine, and Red Bud.
Two seed packets are available. They include: Wildflower Seed and Butterfly / Hummingbird Seed. The 1 oz. Wildflower Seed contains 15-16 different annual and perennial species adapted for this area will cover 300 sq. ft. The 1 oz. Butterfly/Hummingbird Seed contains 10-13 annual and perennial varieties will cover 300 sq. ft.
This program is open to the public. Order forms are available in the SWCD office, 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert, OH, on the website at: www.vanwertswcd.org. You may also call 419 238-9591 or email email@example.com . Orders will be accepted until Friday, March 31. The delivery date is late April. Payment (cash / check) is required when placing the order.
The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District is taking orders for fish fingerlings. The types of fish available are: largemouth bass, blue gill, channel catfish, shellcracker, black crappie, yellow perch, black fat head minnow and white amur.
The fish sale is an opportunity for pond owners to stock or re-stock the ponds at a reasonable cost.
Orders will be accepted until April 28, 2023. Payment is expected when placing the order. The fish will be delivered to the SWCD office on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.
Stocking recommendations for a on acre pond are:
100 largemouth bass, 500 blue gill, 100 channel catfish, 500-1000 fat head minnow.
White amur recommendations are based on the amount of weed cover in the pond. If the pond has 20-40% vegetation the recommendation is 10 amur; above 40% weed cover the recommendation is 15 amur.
Orders will be boxed and ready at the time of delivery. Order forms are available in the office, 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert, on the website at www.vanwertswcd.org , or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .