(Forms available at the Newaygo Conservation District Office)

The Newaygo Conservation District will screen drinking water well samples for nitrate from August 21st from 8:00 to 4:00 pm. The screening is sponsored by the Newaygo Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). It is paid for by funds generated from Michigan pesticide and fertilizer registration and tonnage fees. There is no fee to participants for this service.

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; however, the number of samples that can be tested is limited to 5. Bring your samples to 940 W. Rex St., Fremont, MI 49412 Information and forms are also available at www.newaygocd.org.

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. Only drinking water well samples will be tested. 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 getting them to the sample drop-off. Samples must be less than 48 hours old for a valid nitrate result.

  1. Fill out the water Sample Information Sheet.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Label the bottle clearly with your name, the sampling date, and the well name (cottage well, Mom's well, etc.) using a waterproof pen. Put the sample information sheet into a waterproof bag, and then seal the water sample and the information into a second waterproof bag.
  5. Keep the sample dark and cold (on ice or refrigerated) until it is dropped off.

All results are confidential. You will be mailed a copy of your results in 8 to 10 weeks, with information about what to do if the concentration of nitrate or nitrite is too high.

Be sure to fill out the Information Sheet completely and bring it with your water sample to the drop-off. (Can be picked up here) We need a complete mailing address to get your results back to you. You can get more information from the Newaygo Conservation District Office at 231-924-2420 x 5, or from your local MAEAP stewardship technician at 231-924-2420 x 114.

This program is sponsored by the Newaygo Conservation District, the MAEAP Water Stewardship Program, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It is funded through the Michigan Groundwater and Freshwater Protection Act, the MDARD, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.




The Board of Directors for the Newaygo Conservation District has rescheduled the regular Board Meeting previously scheduled for September 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to September 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Newaygo Conservation District Office in Fremont, MI.  Any questions and/or concernes please contact the Newaygo Conservation District at:  (231) 924-2420 x 5.


Newaygo Conservation District Forestry Assistance Program 

The Newaygo Conservation District is pleased to announce the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP).  Governor Snyder signed into law Public Act 42 of 2013 on June 6, 2013.  This program was enacted in Newaygo County to assist landowners with their forestry needs.  This will include the registration of forest land into the Quality Forest Progam (QFP).

For further information please contact this office at (231) 924-2420 x 5 OR click on the following link which will take you to the Oceana Conservation District website which housing the local FAP Forester for Newaygo, Oceana and Muskegon Counties.

Link:  www.oceanaconservationdistrict.org/forestry.php



Managing Our Natural Resources 

Newaygo Conservation District is an independent unit of state government which has a philosophy and commitment to the stewardship and conservation of the environment.  The NCD consults with landowners to educate them in the planning and use of their land.  All programs and services are available without regard to race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familal status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, because of all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.



Volunteer's Always Needed!

Are you able to volunteer time to the Newaygo Consevation District to make a difference?

The Newaygo Conservation District is always looking for individuals that live in Newaygo County to serve a four year (elected) term on the Board of Directors.  We continually look for individuals that represent the demographics of Newaygo County.

If you are interested please contact us at any time to discuss the next election opportunity.  (Names and numbers are listed under:  Who we are)

Thank you for your interest. 



The Newaygo Conservation District was organized in 1949 with the purpose of improving and maintaining soil productivity and for the purpose of obtaining efficient, appropriate and economical use of the land.

In 1950 the Nursery was started.  The land on which the Nursery is located was leased from the Henning family.  After Ed Henning passed away Vera Henning continued the life lease of $2,000 annually.  This lease ended with the passing of Vera Henning in December of 1999 when the ownership was then transferred to the Newaygo Conservation District.

Currently the District sells bare-root seedlings.  Annually, approximately 1 to 2.5 million trees (conifers, hardwoods, small trees and shrubs) are sold to Conservation Districts throughout the State of Michigan as well as local residents.  Trees grown at our Nursery are native to Michigan.


Michigan Non-Industrial Private Lands Program 

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is working with the Michigan legislature to craft a natural resource business plan for Michigan's private lands.  The proposal would allow Conservation Districts to better assist private landowners in managing natural resources that simultaneously benefit the economic, social, and ecological objectives of Michigan.  Though the proposal focuses on forest lands it also includes assistance for agriculture, wildlife, wetlands, and shorelines.  This would be a value added program because it is a locally led effort that will be more efficient, stream-lined, cost-efffective and results oriented.  With no legacy costs attached, it will not further burden tax payers.


Conservation Practices Information:

Protecting our natural resources is made easier with the help from staff, partners and the use of technical standards.  Conservation practice information covers seeding, erosion control activities, water quality improvement and protection, and wildlife habitat development.  Project information can include details, designs, material needs, contractor lists, and photos on how a project may appear when completed.


  • Reforestation & Wildlife Habitat
  • Conservation Practice Information
  • No-Till Drill
  • Tree Planting Information
  • Wetland Restoration Information
  • Conservation Project Materials
  • Water Stewardship Program
  • Nursery (bare-root seedlings)
  • Soil Information
  • Video & Slide Shows
  • Brochures, Books, Maps, Fact Sheets
  • Kropscott Farm Environmental Center
  • Stephen F. Wessling Observatory 


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 Newaygo Conservation District Board Meeting Schedule for 2014!  Please click on the title above.  All meetings are open to the public!


  • Service area - Newaygo County
  • Office:
    940 W. Rex Street
    Fremont, MI  49412
    Phone: (231) 924-2420 x 5
    Fax:  (231) 924-4140
  • Nursery:
    1725 E. 72nd Street
    Newaygo, MI  49337
    Phone:  (231) 652-7493
    Fax:  (231) 652-4776
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



     Due to the nature of our work, the office may be closed during regular office hours as our staff are working in the field or attending appointments with landowners.

Thank you!

Our Mission Statement

To provide guidance and leadership
in conserving,maintaining, and improving the natural resources of our Newaygo County.


Newaygo Conservation District is an independent unit of state government which has a philosophy and commitment to the stewardship and conservation of the envirornment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 



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