Conservation Corner: How do the Conservation Districts affect me? (Part 2 of 3)

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Last week you read about the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts’ (Districts) mission and the work being done to study the excessive algae growth in the White River. Today, we share the purpose of conservation districts nationwide which is, “To make available technical, financial, and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land manager with conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.”

How are the Districts meeting that purpose and helping me, here in Rio Blanco County? One example is the Districts coordinating planning efforts to ensure the wise use and sustainability of the White River for current and future generations.

Through input from the Districts’ annual meetings (150 people), 30 individual interviews, and 4 public meetings (another 75 people), the local community has indicated they support a locally led effort coordinated by the Districts.

The Districts formed a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) to help guide the White River Integrated Water Initiative (WRIWI). The draft mission statement is, “Community-based initiative to identify actions promoting a healthy river that ensures a vibrant agricultural community and maintains healthy fisheries while protecting water rights, quantity, and quality with respect for the local customs, cultures, and property rights.” The PAC will continue to develop goals, objectives, and tasks for this process which will be vetted through the community.

Visit to learn more about the White River Integrated Water Initiative and how you can be involved. Please contact the District at
970-878-9838 with any questions.