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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

Bringing Darling back

Jan 08, 2014

The Friends of Lake Darling recently received $4,500 through the 2013 Washington Soil and Water Conservation District Grant Program. The program annually seeks applicants in Washington County that promote, protect, maintain and improve the natural resources of the county and its residents. The Friends’ project “Darling is Back” will promote conservation education. Many news reports and images chronicle Jay N. “Ding” Darling setting the gate at Lake Darling State park in 1950. Much information is also available tracing water quality to the point the lake was declared a ‘mud hole’ in the 1960s. The grant will help digitize the information, along with Lake Darling’s ongoing comeback, for modern access. “
The board was pleased to award this grant to the Friends of Lake Darling,” chairman Aaron Meader said. “The Lake Darling Project has been a great example of what happens when we are not good stewards of the land, proving that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The grant will also provide preproduction research for the documentary “Darling is Back.”

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