The leadership of the District is committed to two basic concepts; local citizens can best identify and find solutions to local environmental and conservation issues and the District, or through assistance with its cooperating agencies, will assist individuals with their natural resources conservation planning and problem solving.
The District is governed by an eight-member board of directors who serve four-year terms and may succeed themselves. Six members, two from each county, are elected by the public in a general election. Two members are appointed, at-large, by the Soil and Water Conservation Board. One of these appointees must be a Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent. Non-voting associate directors may be appointed by the directors.
The daily operations of the District are conducted by the staff which consists of a District Manager, Conservation Specialist, and Conservation Office Assistant. Technical assistance is received from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The District maintains a close working relationship with the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry, and other federal, state, and local agencies.
The Commonwealth of Virginia supports the Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Board and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. All programs, services, and employment opportunities of Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or political affiliation. Local county appropriations help support office operations.
What We Do
The District is empowered to develop comprehensive programs and plans that conserve and improve the quality of soil and water resources.