Local legislators go on conservation tour

Posted July 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

By Matt Blaser

Jones SWCD Summer Intern

Every November we are called to make leadership decisions by casting our vote to elect our representatives and leaders, comprising our legislators. Recently, the Jones Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) invited many of our local legislators on a tour to show them some current conservation issues that their constituents are facing.

For those of you who may not be certain of what the Jones SWCD is or does; it is a local agency that helps connect state and federal programs with local citizens to help fund and implement conservation. As you may have guessed, these issues are centered on solutions to soil health and water quality. On June 19, the Jones SWCD Commissioners were joined by State Sen. Dan Zumbach, State Rep. Lee Hein, and Jones County Supervisors Joe Cruise, Joe Oswald and Ned Rohwedder.

The tour loaded the commissioners, legislators, and some Jones SWCD staff along with other Department of Agriculture staff on to a bus that toured farms around Jones County. Led by retired soil conservation technician Mark McWilliams, participants were able to see and learn about a great deal of conservation practices actively being applied in fields across the county. The legislators had many opportunities to learn about what the Jones SWCD and its partners do. More importantly, the legislators had the opportunity to ask questions in order to be able to address their constituents’ conservation concerns.

If you have any questions about the Legislative Tour or about the Jones SWCD, visit www.jonesswcd.org, stop by our office in the USDA Service Center at 300 Chamber Drive in Anamosa, or give us a call at 319-462-3196, ext. 3.