Who Are We and What Do We Do??
The Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia that serves the counties of Gloucester, Mathews, and Middlesex. The District is empowered to develop comprehensive programs and plans that conserve and improve the quality of soil and water resources. The leadership of the District is committed to two basic concepts; local citizens can best identify and find solutions to local environmental and conservation issues and the District, or through assistance with its cooperating agencies, will assist individuals with their natural resources conservation planning and problem solving.
The District is governed by an eight member board of directors who serve four year terms and may succeed themselves. Six members, two from each county, are elected by the public in a general election. Two members are appointed, at-large, by the Soil and Water Conservation Board. One of these appointees must be a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent. Non-voting associate directors may be appointed by the directors.
The daily operations of the District are conducted by the staff which consists of a District Manager, Conservation Specialist, and Conservation Specialist Assistant. Technical assistance is received from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The District maintains a close working relationship with the Virginia Association Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry, and other federal, state, and local agencies.
Operating funds are provided by grants and appropriations from state and local governments. All programs, services, and employment opportunities of the Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or political affiliation.
TSWCD Strategic Plan 2009-2012
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