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Abstract

Soil and "Water Conservation Districts work every day at the local level to accomplish what few other agencies can: getting conservation projects on the land. Born out of the Dust Bowl Era, and pre-dating both the USEPA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Districts have worked for more than sixty years assisting the nation's farmers, landowners, local governments and organizations. As technical assistance agencies, Conservation Districts act to both develop and implement projects and programs which help protect rivers, lakes, wetlands, and other natural resources. Working primary at the county level, Conservation Districts are publicly funded yet independently governed, which gives Districts the ability to prioritize the issues and address them through sound conservation practices. By working with landowners and municipalities and addressing local natural resource and environmental issues, Conservation Districts make a difference every day in your community.

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