Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) is a government agency dedicated to providing and promoting leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs. One of 47 such districts in Virginia, TJSWCD serves the counties of Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, Louisa County and Nelson County, as well as the city of Charlottesville.
Funding for the agency comes from local, state and federal government. The Board of Directors consists of unpaid, locally elected citizens. Most of its programs are devoted to raising awareness of the dangers of non-point-source pollution to both the watershed and the area's soil resources.
|An article on Wikipedia has information about Conservation districts in areas beyond Albemarle County's borders.|
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were created in the 1930's to develop comprehensive programs and plans to conserve soil resources, control and prevent soil erosion, prevent floods and conserve, develop, utilize and dispose of water. The current[when?] focus of most SWCDs in Virginia is the control and prevention of "nonpoint source" (NPS) water pollution, which is the pollution that occurs when stormwater runs over land areas and carries pollutants into downstream waterways.
From the District's inception it has had clear goals of preserving the environment and protecting tax payer dollars. Those goals have been clear since the time of the dust bowl.
In 2012, the TJSWCD began offering cost-share assistance to help farmers and homeowners in the Moores Creek watershed pay for septic system repairs and conservation programs to help restore water quality. 
In 2013, TJSWCD employees Alyson Sappington and Nicola McGoff partnered with four other conservation districts to pioneer a non-agricultural cost-share program called the Conservation Assistance Program. Residents can apply for funding in order to convert a turf lawn into a native plant meadow or stream buffer, install a rain garden, acquire a rainwater harvesting cistern, or set up a pet waste station. Native plant gardens at Clark Elementary School, Jackson-Via Elementary School, and Nelson County High School were planted with the funds from the program.
Monthly meetings of the TJSWCD Board of Directors are open to the public and are held on the last Wednesday of each month. All cooperating agencies and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. Minutes from these meetings are posted online for the public to access on a monthly basis.
Board of Directors
- Thomas A. Pratley, Fluvanna County (Chair)
- Brian Wagner, Louisa County (Vice Chair)
- Steven G. Meeks, Albemarle County, (Secretary)
- John E. Easter II, At Large, (Treasurer)
- Mark Campbell, Nelson County
- David L. Collins, Nelson County
- Angus A. Murdock, Fluvanna County
- Lonnie Murray, Albemarle County
- Carrie Swanson, Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Joseph Thompson, Charlottesville
- Clement "Kim" Tingley, Charlottesville
- Nicola McGoff, Associate Director, Albemarle County
2019 election (upcoming)
Two city seats on the nonpartisan board of directors for the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District are up for election. Director Joseph Thompson will seek re-election. Director Kim Tingley will not seek re-election. Albemarle Directors Steven Meeks and Lonnie Murray plan to seek re-election. Director Joseph Thompson is the only candidate registered for the two available seats in Charlottesville city.
|William H. Lucy||3,224||42.25|
|Joseph W. Thompson||1,814||23.77|
|Clement "Kim" Tingley||2,468||32.35|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections.|
|Lonnie M. Murray||9,118||36.98|
|Steven G. Meeks||8,734||35.42|
|David B. Norford||6,718||27.24|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections.|
|Steven G. Meeks||11,301||51.52|
|Nicholas H. "Nick" Evans||10,550||48.09|
|Nicholas H. "Nick" Evans||8,671||52.77|
|Steven G. Meeks||7,655||46.59|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections|
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