Free Well Water Screening 

The Ingham Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) will sponsor a free domestic drinking water well screening.

Monday August 1st, Farm Bureau Day, at the Ingham County Fair  

Look for us at the Circle of Life Exhibit from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Samples from drinking water wells will be screened for nitrate and nitrite. The screening is open to everyone who uses a personal well for drinking water.  This service is for private drinking water wells only. Public water supplies are tested regularly. Please do not bring samples from public water supplies or non-drinking water sources.  You do not have to use a special bottle for this screening. Any small clean jar will work—one ounce of water is enough. 

Please follow the directions below to sample your well. Collect samples just before bringing them to the sample drop-off. Samples must be less than 48 hours old for a valid nitrate result.

1. Pick a tap that supplies water that has not run through any treatment devices (water softener, carbon filter, etc.). An outdoor faucet often works well.

2. Run the water for 20-30 minutes before collecting the sample. This will give the pump time to flush the water pressure tank and plumbing so you can collect a valid sample. Disconnect any hoses before collecting the sample; do not sample through a hose. Rinse the sample bottle and lid thoroughly in the water to be sampled; then fill and cap the bottle. 

3. Label the bottle clearly with your name, the sampling date, and the well name (cottage well, Mom's well, etc.) using a waterproof pen. 

4.Keep the sample dark and cold (on ice or refrigerated) until it is dropped off.

All results are confidential. You will get your results onsite as well as information on what to do should nitrite or nitrates show up in your drinking water. If you are pursuing MAEAP verification, bring your water samples in for screening. If no Nitrates are detected you may be exempt from having to pay for Nitrate sampling at the State Lab. Contact Jay Korson, Ingham/Eaton County MEAEP Technician for details.  


Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Upcoming Activities

We have summer events planned within the four counties of the MM-CISMA. Also, we will be looking for volunteers as we schedule invasive species identification training and field survey days July through September. Check out the events and volunteer opportunities here!


Grassland Education Series for Landowners

Big_Bluestem Tuesday August 2, 2016

 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  
 Ingham Conservation District, Education Bldg
(N. side of Dexter Tr.)
 1031 W Dexter Trail, Mason

Join us for the final session in our 3-part series, a guided tour of the native, warm season grass prairies at the ICD.  The ICD maintains two prairie fields, totaling 30 acres and both were recently revitalized with a prescribed burn.   Learn from local experts how this process benefits grassland habitats and see the results firsthand.  We will have a prairie expert from the Michigan DNR on site to help identify plant species and answer questions.  

This event is free but registration is required.  Please RSVP online by or contact the Ingham Conservation District office at 517-676-2290.

This event has been funded in part with funds from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat Grant Program and through partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

Eventbrite - Guided Prairie Tour


Garlic Mustard Pull

garlic mustard

Saturday May (2017 date TBD)

10:00 am – Noon  
Ingham Conservation District
1031 W Dexter Trail, Mason

This invasive plant spreads rapidly, but is easy to hand-pull.  This is a great service opportunity for Scouts and anyone interested in local conservation and learning more about invasive plant management.  After the pull, stay for some geocaching!  The ICD has 10 geocaches on the property.  See the Home page to download coodinates.  If pulling garlic mustard at home,  always bag it and dispose of it in your regular trash.  Do not compost invasive plants.  

Visit our Watershed Events page to sign up for the Ingham Conservation Stream Team Spring and Fall Invertebrate Collections.

Visit our Hunter Safety page to register for Hunter Safety Classes.