Conservation District Board Approves Monitoring Plan

The Sheridan County Conservation District will monitor fewer sites in the Goose Creek watersheds this year than in 2012, which is the last time the three creeks were sampled for water quality.

District Manager Carrie Rogaczewski outlined the plan at a meeting of the district's board of directors on Monday night.

The manager said 19 sites will be monitored this year, which is five less than in 2012. She added that's the same number of sites as in 2005 and 2009. She said the reason for the reduction is that she thinks the 19 sites are sufficient. The remaining sites don't justify the cost, which is about $1,000 per site. Samplings will be taken on Big Goose, Little Goose and Goose Creek, and at selected tributaries of the three major streams. No dates have been selected for the samplings to start.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a proposal for Sheridan College to provide a summer intern for the district. And Program Specialist Amy Doke all three of the watershed committees will meet in the next few weeks. The Goose Creek Committee will meet Thursday night, the Prairie Dog committee on Feb. 26, and the Tongue River committee on March 12.

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