legislative events

Events like these help us raise awareness of Georgia’s Conservation Districts in our State Legislature. The purpose of every event is to educate, tell the story of Conservation Districts, and discuss needs.

If you are interested in helping us coordinate legislative events like these, please consider joining GACD’s Policy Committee by emailing Executive Director Katie Sponberger at katie@gacd.us .


Rural Caucus Luncheon

March 20, 2019

GACD President and Cobb County District Supervisor Woody Snell with Representative Sam Watson.

GACD President and Cobb County District Supervisor Woody Snell with Representative Sam Watson.

GACD sponsored a luncheon for the Rural Caucus on March 20 at the State Capitol. The Rural Caucus is a group of legislators and stakeholders dedicated to helping rural Georgia. During this luncheon GACD Board Members were able to present to the group an introduction to Conservation Districts, the work they do, and our funding crisis. The feedback from caucus members and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black was extremely positive.


NACD Fly-In

March 13, 2019

GACD Board Members and partners with USDA NRCS Chief Matt Lohr.

GACD Board Members and partners with USDA NRCS Chief Matt Lohr.

A group of Executive Board Members and NRCS State Conservationist Terrance Rudolph attended the National Association of Conservation District's (NACD) Spring Fly-In March 13th in Washington D.C. to meet with members of Georgia's Congress. They met with 11 Senators and Representatives or their staff and discussed the current conservation climate in the state as well as federal funding requests for programs and watershed infrastructure.


CONSERVATION DISTRICT DAY AT THE CAPITOL

February 26, 2019

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Governor Brian Kemp declared February 26 as Conservation District Day in Georgia.

Governor Brian Kemp declared February 26 as Conservation District Day in Georgia.

We had a great morning at our first annual Conservation District Day at the Capitol held on Tuesday, February 26. Around 60 Supervisors and GACD staff met with members of the Georgia Legislature to share the story of Conservation Districts and educate them on what the Districts need to continue promoting natural resource stewardship. 

District Supervisors also expressed their concerns regarding HB 422 and presented an alternative to the Bill, GACD's Alternative Plan Review Program. GACD has been working the past 12 months to put this Program in place to provide an alternative technical procedure for completing the District’s responsibility to review erosion and sediment control (ESC)  plans. GACD will begin the program April 1, 2019. The Alternative Plan Review Program will allow all Districts across Georgia, in both urban and rural areas, a means to complete the District’s plan review responsibility in an effective and timely manner.

Thank you to all the District Supervisors and our partners at USDA-NRCS and Georgia Farm Bureau for attending. A special thank you to our DPAs for coming and helping to represent their Districts.

We would also like to thank the following members of the Georgia Legislature for all they do for our great state and for stopping by to address our group: Senator Tyler Harper, Senator Brian Strickland, Senator Frank Ginn, Representative Matt Dubnik, Representative Clay Pirkle, Representative Matt Hatchett, Representative Karen Mathiak, and Representative Don Hogan.