LOWER CHATTAHOCHEE RIVER SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Lower Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District consists of nine counties, Clay, Lee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Sumter, Schley, Terrell, Webster, and currently has thirteen active Supervisors.
In the past year our District Supervisors have worked closely with our partners to set local conservation priorities within our counties to assure we are addressing, both financial and technical assistance as needed to achieve agricultural sustainability. With that partnership we have seen over $1.5 million in Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) conservation practices for 2018 alone. In addition, we have seen impressive results in other programs such as Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
Our District has been dedicated to helping our local educators by offering a grant to provide additional funding to teach students about agriculture and our natural resources. We are proud to say that we have seen a great response with the Grant Program, over the years and this year is no exception, assisting six schools in our district. With our partners at NRCS, we had the opportunity to visit with some of the schools and participate their Ag Day events.
The Lower Chattahoochee River SWCD reaches out to the farming communities within the District, promoting conservation, and innovation by offering local workshops. Giving landowners/farmers the opportunity to ask questions about different concerns and learn alternative ways to implement conservation practices to achieve the primary goal, Agricultural Sustainability.
As we reflect on the past year we are pleased with all that was achieved within the District and are looking forward to all the new opportunities that will be happening in the coming year.
Supervisor Bill Bowen, Sumter County
Supervisor William Wilson Reid, Sumter County
Supervisor Burt Strange, Schley County
Treasurer Jack H. Hufstetler, Terrell County
Supervisor Mark Masters, Terrell County
Supervisor Andrew Payne, Webster County
Chairman Hiram Bo Beard, Randolph County
Supervisor Gerald Isle, Clay County
Supervisor Patrick Shivers, Clay County
Supervisor Wendell Lee Arrington, Lee County
Supervisor Ralph M. Balkcom, Quitman County
Supervisor George Cathrall, Quitman County
Supervisor Frankie Sauls, Randolph County
District Projects and Events
Agricultural & Environmental Education Grant
The Lower Chattahoochee River, Conservation District for the last several years has offered an Environmental & Agricultural Grant. This grant is offered to all public and private schools in the Lower Chattahoochee River Conservation District, which covers nine counties. On Monday, March 12, 2018 Wendell Arrington, Lee County Supervisor, Ry McRee, this year’s Lower Chattahoochee’s Conservationist of the Year for Lee County and District Program Assistant, Judith Northcutt attended the Lee County School Board Meeting to award this year’s grant recipients from Lee County.
The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for the educator to implement a new lesson or tool in the classroom to teach students about agriculture and our natural resources. The educator has to submit a detailed project plan with required items and cost to implement the plan. This year the Lower Chattahoochee District sent out 34 applications to schools in the district and are pleased to award grants to six of the schools.
We would like to congratulate Lee County Middle School-East “Farm to School program” Teacher, Josh Drew, Twin Oaks Elementary School “Twin Oaks Eco System Garden” Garden Chairperson, Kristi Timmons, Kinchafoonee Primary School “An Edible Education for Butterflies and Students” Teacher, Melissa Paul, Lee County Middle School-West “Breaking Water” Teachers, Dolly Gill, Sharon King and Audra Davis. Other schools that received the award are Southwest Georgia STEM Charter School in Shellman, GA Teachers, Frank Bennett and Cindy Carlson and Southland Academy in Americus, GA Teacher, Laura Kinslow.
We want to congratulate all this year’s recipients and thank them for all their efforts in helping teach students the importance of being good stewards of the land and protecting our most valuable resource.
Natural Resources conservation workshop
The Lower Chattahoochee River District Board offered an NRCW scholarship to one high school student in each county of the district. The recipients were able to use this award towards application fees at a three day workshop at Abraham Baldwin College.
Zachary Pickle, a junior at Furlow Charter School in Americus, Georgia was chosen as a recipient because of his dedication to Sumter 4-H and his passion for conservation and the environment. He attended NRCW in June 2018.
The Lower Chattahoochee River Conservation District meets the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Back Porch Restaurant in Shellman, GA. To access previous meeting minutes and documents, please click below.