What are Conservation Districts?
Conservation Districts are local governmental subdivisions established under State law to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources. Districts are resource management agencies, coordinating and implementing resource and environmental programs at the local level in cooperation with federal and state agencies and the private sector. They have demonstrated capabilities in resource protection, development and management. This equips them to be catalysts in bringing together facets of the community that will benefit from a united undertaking to address resource problems and needs.
Districts work with landowners and users, local government agencies and other local interests in addressing a broad sprectrum of resource concerns. These concerns included, but are not limited to, surface and ground water quality and quantity, nonpoint source pollution, sedimentation and erosion, stormwater, flooding, wetlands, forestlands, wildlife habitats and solid waste.
Each district has a governing body of citizens who are locally nominated and state appointed. They use their combined talent, experience and knowledge of community needs and resouorces to set the district's goals and priorities for carrying out resource programs. They work in cooperation with, and in most states under the direction of, a state conservation agency through which funding and other assistance may be provided. Districts bring federal and state dollars and technical assistance to the local level along with resources from the private sector.