Water Conservation Advocate Inducted into GACD Hall of Fame

Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) is proud to announce the induction of Fox McCarthy into the Hall of Fame. This prestigious recognition highlights District Supervisors who have dedicated many years of service to natural resource conservation.  McCarthy was recognized at GACD’s Hall of Fame Banquet held January 19 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

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Fox McCarthy earned a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Georgia in 1989.  He has been a District Supervisor for the Rockdale County Conservation District for 24 years, and currently serves as Chair. Throughout his career he has worked closely with UGA Extension, the Water Authority of Cobb County-Marietta, and was a founding member of the Georgia Water Wise Council (GWCC). The GWCC is a non-profit partnership of government, education, business and private citizen entities with the purpose of promoting water conservation and water quality programs. In 2004 to commemorate Fox’s 10 years of service with the GWCC the Council established the Fox McCarthy Water Wise Award.  This award recognizes an outstanding project or program implemented by a water provider or a water user in Georgia.

In addition, Fox served on the Education Committee of the Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association, the Water Conservation Division of the American Water Works Association, the National Water Conservation Committee, the Georgia Green Industry Association, Water Environment Federation and the Water Supply Task Force of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

He has served as Co-Chair of the Rockdale County Water and Sewage Authority and helped to draft the County Tree Ordinance.  He has also worked as a volunteer with the Rockdale County Extension Service. 

Fox McCarthy has been a beacon for water conservation in Georgia, and many of his concepts were included in the Metro North Georgia Water Conservation plans, and the Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010.     

Georgia’s 40 Conservation Districts are organized under state law to carry out the State’s conservation programs. The Districts provide information and education to implement practices that decrease soil erosion and protect water resources. Conservation districts are local people solving local problems. Board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

Georgia Association of Conservation Districts is a nonprofit whose mission is to advocate for the conservation of Georgia’s natural resources by providing organization, leadership and a unified strategic direction to the Conservation Districts of the State.