The Role of Georgia's Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Water Resources Programs
An understanding of the role of soil and water conservation districts should be an important element of any program applying water resources protection on the land. In the district's enabling act, they are, given the powers, among others, to build such structures as may be necessary and to develop comprehensive plans controlling the effects of water on the land within district boundaries. Districts include all counties in the state. A key element of district effectiveness has always been the ability to secure the cooperation of landowners. This is often based upon personal acquaintance, shared experiences and concerns, and the capacity to offer free expert assistance and engineering in soil and water conservation practice implementation. With the growing demand for long term water quality protection programs has come growing demands on district money, manpower and material resources. It is therefore urged that future efforts in water resources protection include an element supporting continuation of the district program. Support can only be secured where there is an understanding of the districts and their role in water resources protection. That is the author's objective.