Soil and Water Conservation at a Crossroad
or nearly 70 years, the State Soil and Water
• Gain $29 million in federal dollars through
technical assistance and program dollars from
Conservation Committee and the 67 Soil and
NRCS this year. Next year the impact is
estimated to be $46 million.
ater Conservation Districts have had Alabama’s
trong support. Through Memorandum of Agreements
ith the Governor’s office and the USDA-Natural
esources Conservation Service (NRCS), we share a
nique delivery system and conservation partnership
ke no other in the public or private sector. We work
ith landowners through a non-regulatory, voluntary
pproach to natural resource management.
• Gain $7 million in federal dollars from EPA
through ADEM for non-point source pollution
• Gain $1 million for County Government in
support of the District programs.
• Gain $5 million in time invested by 335 District
officials that volunteer their services,
knowledge and expertise for no payment.
• Gain $12.5 million investment from the
landowners who are responsible for a
percentage of the cost-share dollars they
The State of Alabama's Soil and Water
The State's 67 Soil and Water Conservation
Districts led by 335 unpaid district officials
• Gain $50,000 through cooperative agreements
with US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The State's Conservation Stewards
rivate Lands …Public Benefits
For a state investment of $3.1 million, we can leverage
over $54 million in return. This is a $17 to $1 return for
State Soil and Water Conservation Committee,
Conservation Districts, and our federal partner,
NRCS, work with the landowners of Alabama to
protect soil and water resources for the benefit of
all citizens of Alabama.
These working lands comprise 95% of our total
acreage and produce much more than food and
Public benefits includ