STEPHENS COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Stephens County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed on April 8, 1982 and supervises conservation efforts for Stephens County. The district is located in Area 2 of Georgia’s conservation districts and has 13 flood control dams. The county is represented by supervisors who are either elected to serve 4-year terms or appointed to serve 2-year terms. Their responsibilities include: budgeting both state and district allotment funds, addressing public concerns, approving or denying erosion and sediment control plans, promoting conservation practices, and more.
The district supports local governments in their efforts to promote soil and water conservation, recycling, and education. They also provide scholarships to high school students each year and sponsorships for students attending the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop held annually at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, GA) and students who compete in the Envirothon. Presently, they own and operate the Willard Kimsey Environmental Education Center, located in Eastanollee, which helps bring funds into the district as they provide space rental to local residents at a reasonable cost.
LeAnn Rutledge, District Program Assistant
Growing up on the water in Hampton, Virginia greatly influenced LeAnn’s respect and passion for the environment and its pressing issues. In 2010, she received a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from North Carolina A&T State University. She has gained conservation experience as a former USDA-NRCS soil conservation intern and a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies research intern. Her nonprofit experience has involved her serving as an American Red Cross administrative volunteer and disaster services volunteer, an AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps (NPRC) member and as an AmeriCorps Grant Writer/Resource Development VISTA member. In addition, she is a freelance grant writer and grant consultant.
through Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D
Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The location is the Willard Kimsey Environmental Education Center (1630 Clary Connector, Eastanollee, GA 30538). For previous meeting information and documents, please click the link below.