Soil and Water Conservation
The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GASWCC) was formed to protect, conserve and improve the soil and water resources of the State of Georgia. The Commission's goal is to make Georgia a better place for its citizens through the wise use and protection of basic soil and water resources and to achieve practical water quality goals.
In Georgia there are 159 counties and 40 Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Each county has at least two supervisor representatives on the District Board of Supervisors. Serving as the coordinator and guide to all these efforts is a Commission appointed by Governor Perdue and comprised of five supervisors from different regions of the state. The Commission, headquartered in Athens with six regional offices in the State, has a professional staff whose primary duty is to serve and advance the goals of Georgia's Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The regional offices are located in Rome, Athens, Conyers, Milledgeville, Dawson, and Statesboro.
Habersham County is in Region 2:
For more information visit the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission state website
Technical support is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) through a memorandum of understanding. The public is encouraged to use assistance provided by the District.
Consultative assistance is provided in dealing with soil and water problems. Service is available to private individuals, contractors, public officials, clubs and groups or agencies needing technical guidance in solving soil and water conservation problems.
Technical assistance is provided to land users who need more detailed help in solving conservation problems. Examples of technical assistance include soil survey interpretation and conservation plans as well as design and construction supervision of practices.
Technical assistance is also provided to county and municipal governments, area planning and development commissions, authorities, zoning boards, institutional boards, health departments and others. It normally includes soils interpretations and inventory data on agricultural and nonagricultural land.
USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies.
Clarkesville Service Center
For more information visit the Georgia USDA-NRCS state website