Soil and Water Conservation Commission (SWCC)

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The SWCC was created in 1946 under KRS 146.090.  The policies under which the conservation operate are set by the Kentucky SWCC.  This commission is made up of nine area district supervisors cfom across the state appointed to serve a 4 year term by the secretarty of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, with approval from the governor.  The commission relies on the Director of the Division of Conservation as an executive officer, as well as advisory members from Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, Director of the Kentucky Agriculture Experiment Station, Director of Kentucky Vocational Education and Kentucky State Conservationist for U.S. Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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SWCC meet regularly bi-monthly in Frankfort to address concerns, request and program implementation.


The commission has the authority to take any action it may consider necessary or proper to assist the conservation districts in carrying out their functions, powers, duties, responsibilities and programs accordance with KRS 262.  Commission responsibilities include program administration of the State Cost Share Program, Ag District establishment, equipment and infrastructure loans, direct aid, districts in good standing, incentive per diem, filling conservation district vacancies and approve creation of watershed conservancy districts. 

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