COOSA RIVER SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
On September 13, 1937, the Coosa River Soil and Water Conservation District was organized as a legal subdivision of the Georgia State Government. Coosa River Soil and Water is one of 40 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state. Coosa River SWCD District exists to serve the public and to ensure a healthy and productive environment. For this reason, the District’s task is to work for the wellbeing of all people while safeguarding land, water, and related natural resources for the benefit of future generations. The district offers support to Local Issuing Authorities for their Erosion and Sedimentation programs through education programs and overviews. Coosa River SWCD Supervisors also encouraged teams to enter the Envirothon and support for EQIP, CCRP, CSP, and other USDA programs continue. Supervisors support youth in their district by providing soil and water stewardship materials to schools and education centers. The Supervisors support the local RC&D councils and their programs including the no-till drill program. District meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Gordon County.
Milton Stewart, Gordon County
Carla McMorris Payne, Gordon County
Nora Goodman, Paulding County
Doug Sowar, Paulding County
David Jackson, Polk County
Vacancy, Polk County
Roger Neal, Walker County
Vacancy, Walker County
Chairman Davis Nelson, Bartow County
Brent Nelson, Bartow County
Greg Hurley, Chattooga County
Vacancy, Chattooga County
Larry Williams, Dade County
Loyd Gass, Dade County
Thad Rush, Floyd County
Jarrell Cagle, Floyd County
Tish Edwards, District Program Assistant
Tish Edwards and her husband Billy married in April of 1995 and later that fall bought a fixer upper with acreage in North Floyd County. They enjoy living on a farm and raising cattle, horses, and chickens. Tish has three children who love living in the rural environment and are fortunate to have grandparents and great-grandparents nearby.
Tish’s employment background was in the legal field. As a paralegal for over 20 years, she gained valuable skills as an office manager. Tish learned to be very organized and detail oriented over the years. Living on a farm for over 2 decades with her husband and children has provided Tish with valuable agricultural experience to assist others in the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts. Tish loves helping and working with people to educate about conservation of natural resources and agriculture. As the District Program Assistant for the Coosa River Soil and Water Conservation District, Tish is excited to learn more and has a passion to meet new people.
DISTRICT PROJECTS AND EVENTS
Outreach & Education Event
Farm Bureau in Paulding County invited me to attend their 3rd Annual Legislative Panel. At this panel review they have various Legislatives at a table on a stage and High School students from a couple different local High Schools are invited to attend and be prepared to interview the panel with one or two questions as their number is called. Farm Bureau puts this on each year for Ag Students to learn there is more to Agriculture than just farmers. Some careers in Agriculture require suits and ties.
Coosa River partnered with a Boy Scout Troop to help The Silver Creek Presbyterian Church with erosion on their stream bank. Our District donated money for the Boy Scout Troop to purchase native plants to plant on the stream bank where erosion is beginning to occur.
School Garden / Outdoor Classroom
I attended 6 Ag Days in various Counties within my District. Gordon Co, Dade Co, Walker Co, Chattooga Co, (2) in Floyd County. We presented the Enviroscape at outdoor classroom to show the students the importance of Conserving and taking care of the watershed they live in.
Coosa River Soil and Water provided the funds for a High School in Gordon County to purchase a High Tunnel. Our District received several applicants for the funds and a committee chose the best fit.
The City of Summerville asked NRCS if they could determine if a Chert pit in their Community had any mineral value or if it is a hazard and should be removed. Sheri Teems, DC contacted Mark Hall the NRCS State Biologist. Mark, Sheri and I visited the site to evaluate the Chert pit. Sheri and I watched as Mark evaluated the minerals and the Chert contents. Mark did not find any value anywhere, his review and report showed it was a definite community hazard and should be removed immediately.
Conservation Demonstration / Pilot Project
The Coosa River Conservation District meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at 1282 SR 53 Spur SW, Suite 300, Calhoun, GA 30701. For previous meeting minutes and documents, please click the link below.