Other Programs

Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale
The District sponsors an annual sale of tree seedlings, shrubs, conservation plants, and related materials to both raise funds and prevent soil erosion. Items are offered at affordable prices and in a wide range of sizes and quantities. Click here to see all our items.

Camden Team, 2005 Oneida County Envirothon Winners

Oneida County Envirothon
The Oneida County Envirothon idea is simple: combine the proven concepts of hands-on education with the excitement of a good competition and the fun of spending a day in the outdoors. The result is an effective educational tool which will help our state’s schools to nurture environmentally aware students. The Envirothon is a series of hands-on contests in which teams of high school students compete to solve environmental issues. The event works much like an athletic competition, and the winners of the event get the chance to compete at the New York State Envirothon. The winner of the state competition will represent New York State at the International Canon Envirothon. New York State teams have placed in the top ten teams at the national competition since the first NYS Envirothon in 1991.

The Oneida County Envirothon is a unique approach to environmental education that tests the students’ knowledge in five subject areas: soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues. The students rotate through the five outdoor stations, one for each subject. The students work as a team, emphasizing group problem-solving and hands-on experience to complete test questions and problem-solving exercises. The scores from each event are calculated and the team with the highest score represents Oneida County at the state level.

If your school would be interested in this type of event, please contact Jo Anne at 736.3334 for more information.

Dry Hydrant Program
Rural fire hydrant systems, otherwise known as dry hydrants, are non-pressurized fire hydrants that can be installed in ponds, lakes, streams, and underground tanks. Rural fire companies primarily use dry hydrants. In many rural areas, a lack of water mains and domestic fire hydrants can sometimes impair a fire company’s ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies. The response time of a fire emergency operation depends on the distance a fire truck must travel to water fill-up points. Unfortunately, in many cases these fill-up points are a great distance from the fire and fire fighters are unable to retain an uninterrupted supply of water at the scene. The installation of a non-pressurized pipe system into water sources provides a ready means of supplying water to tank trucks. The dry hydrant system gives trucks access to the ponds and streams from the main road thereby decreasing the length of time it would take tankers to fill up. In 1999 the Oneida County SWCD participated in the Black River-St. Lawrence RC&D dry hydrant project. With the aid of this project the Oneida County SWCD installed 12 dry hydrants.

Benefits of this program:

  • Increased fire protection across the county.
  • Water can be pumped from frozen ponds without the time constraint and risks involved with cutting through ice.
  • Dry hydrants enable fire departments to use untreated water to fight fires instead of treated water, saving money and energy.
  • Possible decreased insurance fees for farms, businesses and homeowners.

The Oneida County SWCD has received funding from Senator Joe Griffo’s office for the design and installation of dry fire hydrants in Oneida County. The funding will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis and will be distributed throughout the County. The OCSWCD will meet with interested local fire department representatives to look at possible hydrant locations w/in their fire district (locations must be at least 3 feet deep year round). Once a location is chosen the OCSWCD will survey the site and make a design according to the departments needs. Once the design is completed, the district will provide the department with a hydrant head, strainer, brass rod (to hold strainer in place), and 2 copies of the design. OCSWCD will oversee the installation of the hydrants.

For further information please contact JoAnne Humphreys @ 736-3334.

Farm & Home Safety Day Camp
The 10th Annual Farm Safety Day Camp was held on June 3, 2010 at the Booneville Fairgrounds. Safety Day Camp is an event for 5th grade students from local schools. It features a hands-on learning approach to safety education and accident prevention. Modules that are presented include electric, fire, and lawnmower safety demonstrations. The goal of the program is to prevent farm and home injuries and death by teaching children about safety related hazards and how to prevent them. This year’s Safety Day Camp will be held on June 2, 2011.

Water Quality Monitoring
SWCD staff are trained to monitor the quality and volume of surface water. We have participated in a one-year monitoring project on the Sconondoa Creek. In addition, we also participated in the Oneida Lake Watershed Tributary Monitoring Program.