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  Emergency Watershed Protection Program

The Powder River CD and the NRCS want to take a moment to update the community on our Emergency Watershed Protection Program Projects as there are many of you who will be affected by these projects or see the benefits from them. We would like to thank everyone for their continued patience as we work towards completing these projects.

· The Nolan Diversion EWP Project is currently construction, the bottom cross vane has been completed, along with the rocked pool. Construction has been started on the top cross vane, with dirt work and reclamation still to be done, we hope to see the project completed in the next few week. This deadline will be dependent on the weather and river conditions.

· The Harold Jarrard Park EWP project as in the final design stages and we hope to have a final design soon. We anticipated starting this project following spring run-off.

 The Harold Jarrard Park project will have a formal bid process and pre-bid site visit, but at this time those dates have not been set. Please continue to watch the Voice and Buffalo Bulletin for bid notices and do not hesitate to contact the PRCD or NRCS with any question that you may have.


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District Cost Share Program

  PRCD Offering Cost Share Programs

The PRCD is offering two Cost Share Programs: the first is for large rural projects that make a positive difference on the land. This is a cost share program where the PRCD matches 65% up to $20,000, on a reimbursement basis.  Projects will be reviewed by staff, then it must be approved by the PRCD board before they are initiated. The deadline to turn in applications is 4pm on Friday, June 30, 2017. Some examples of projects that qualify under this program are: Solar pumping units, fencing for implementing rotational grazing systems on pastures, or fencing riparian areas to reduce impacts of livestock grazing.

The second cost share program provides incentive for residents and businesses to conserve soil, water and energy.  The program also encourages beautification of the landscape. This program matches 50% up to $1000, on a reimbursement basis. Some examples of projects that qualify under this program are: planting trees and shrubs, xeriscaping to replace traditional lawns, and installation of efficient drip systems for trees and shrubs. These applications are reviewed monthly and can be applied for at any time during the year.

For more information on these cost share programs or for an application please contact the PRCD office at (307) 738-2321 or stop by the office at 350 Nolan Avenue, Kaycee, WY.

 

Request for Bids
 

Request for Bids

Professional Services for:

Nolan Ditch Diversion EWP 2016

For: Powder River Conservation District

 

Description of Work of this Contract:

Contractors are invited to submit bids for the Nolan Ditch Diversion Dam, Diversion EWP 2016 to install cross-vane diversion with rock fill, ditch inlet works and flood control dike.

 

Document Availability

Bid packets are available from: PRCD, 350 Nolan Avenue (P.O. Box 48), Kaycee, WY 82639

Phone: 307-738-2321 ex. 100, email: anita.bartlett@wy.nacdnet.net

 

Submission of Proposals

Bids will be received at the above address until 4 pm local time, Thursday, January 26, 2017.

 

Site Visit

A pre-bid site visit will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 10 am local time.

 

/s/ Anita M. Bartlett

PRCD Manager

2016 WACD Outstanding Employee
 

WACD OUTSANDING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

 

            Anita Bartlett, District Manager for the Powder River Conservation was named the Wyoming Association of Conservation District’s Outstanding Employee for 2016 during the WACD Annual Convention in Riverton, WY on November 16th.

Anita began working for the PRCD in the spring of 2006 and since that time has immersed herself in her work and community life in Southern Johnson County. She promotes programs, encourages participation and educates the youth of the community.  She is a valuable resource for education and information and willingly volunteers her services to all who ask.  Anita continues to expand and develop programs that serve the Conservation District.  She is a natural teacher and works well with educators and professionals to bring educational programs to the District. The youth programs that Anita develops and takes into the schools and the community encourages hands on participation developing leadership skills and engaging students in learning about conservation. 

Anita works well with other agencies, contractors and land owners to bring everyone together to work for a common goal. An example of this is her diligent work with the NRCS, County Commissioners, and local landowners to administer the Emergency Watershed Projects Program. In May of 2015 Southern Johnson County saw record breaking flood water to the Powder River. These flood waters brought about significant damage to stream banks and caused erosion problems bringing threats to life and property. The District with the assistance of the NRCS has procured Exigency and Non-exigency EWP funding to repair the damage from these flood waters, thereby fixing stream banks and stabilizing buildings and irrigation structures.

Anita has served as the Wyoming Conservation District Employee’s Association president for the past three years, prior to that she has served as the Association’s Vice-President (1yr), Secretary (4yrs), and as an Area I Representative (1yr). Anita works diligently with the Association to promote the Conservation District Employees and to further their knowledge and skills through trainings.

Anita when not busy with District works tirelessly in her community. She is the Secretary/Treasurer, Jr. High Bible Study Teacher, and assists with the Youth Group at the First Southern Baptist Chapel. She serves as a tutor for the local Boys and Girls Club in Kaycee during the school year, organizes local fundraisers, and takes photos for the Kaycee Voice. In closing we ask that you understand that this only touches on part of Anita’s virtues.  She is a valuable employee for the District and a worthy recipient of this recognition.  Her work promotes the wellbeing of Wyoming’s natural resources, her personality endears herself to the community and her passion is reflected in the District programs and patron participation.

 

2016 Oustanding District Technician
 

WACD 2016 OUTSTANDING TECHNICIAN

Katie Vaporis, Rangeland Specialist for the NRCS-Kaycee Field Office, was named the Wyoming Association of Conservation District’s Outstanding Technician for 2016 during the WACD Annual Convention in Riverton, WY on November 16th.  

Katie came to the Kaycee Field office in May of 2016 from the Worland Field office and didn’t get much chance to settle in and get her bearings set. Kaycee saw record breaking flood water at the end of May and Katie hit the ground running, with a crash course in the Emergency Watershed Project Program she assisted the PRCD, NRCS District Conservationist, and Engineers with field work and paperwork to obtain federal assistance for Exigency EWP Funding for 3 projects on the Powder River. Katie assisted NRCS Engineers with surveying, the District with water sampling, and even surviving the elements to certify seeding in the snow to meet the late November deadline on a project. After completing the Exigency EWP projects Katie continued to assist the District with filing paperwork for Non-Exigency EWP funding to finish repairing the damage done by the May 2015 flooding. The PRCD was notified in March of 2016 that they would be awarded Non-Exigency EWP funding for all 3 projects. This required more paperwork and survey work from Katie on top of her regular work load.

In addition to her assistance with the EWP Projects, Katie has assisted the District on their Cost Share Program. She has helped to certify fences, pipelines, stock tanks and storage tanks. Her advice has been invaluable and in the year she has been in Kaycee has worked hard to go above and beyond here regular work duties to ensure that the producers/landowners of Southern Johnson County have all the knowledge and tools they need to improve their operation. The PRCD cannot thank Katie enough for her diligent work and assistance to the District.



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