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NRCS Offices Partner to hold a Locally-Led Meeting

McClain County Conservation District and Four NRCS Offices Partner to hold a Locally-Led Meeting on the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program and Local Resource Concerns

NRCS employees from Grady and Gavin County visit about local resource concerns.
NRCS employees from Grady and Gavin County visit about local resource concerns.

Forty people attended the EWP training held in Wayne, Oklahoma.
Forty people attended the EWP training held in Wayne, Oklahoma.

The McClain County Conservation District and NRCS hosted a locally-led informational meeting for local landowners, county commissioners, city managers and NRCS employees from McClain, Grady, Garvin and Cleveland counties on the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. The meeting was held on Thursday, March 6, 2008. The meeting was held at the Mid-American Vocational Center in Wayne, Oklahoma from 2:30 to 5:00 PM with approximately 30 attending the meeting.

The McClain Conservation District partnered with District Conservationists; Carol Crouch, McClain County; Brandon Chandler, Garvin County; Donna Neumeyer, Cleveland County and Kim Walker, Grady County to develop an informational EWP display that highlighted successful EWP projects that had been completed in the four counties for attendees to review. County Commissioner, Shorty Foster, district #3 shared the success of two EWP projects that had been completed in McClain County due to heavy rainfall event in July and August, with attendees.

The EWP training session was delivered by NRCS EWP Director, George Townsley, who provided possible EWP program sponsors and local landowners with “hands on training” on the following topics; What is the EWP program?; Eligibility; Sponsor Obligation; Criteria for Assistance; How do I get Assistance?; What Types of Work are Authorized? Attendees were provided with EWP and Sponsor Responsibilities Training notebook and EWP brochures. Training notebooks were provided to 24 local possible sponsor candidates that included county commissioners, city, town and emergency managers.

In addition to EWP training; attendees were provided valuable information regarding NRCS programs, local resource concerns and viewed the NRCS DVD; Conservation…Our Purpose. Our Passion. The NRCS purpose and passion for conservation is shared among many and the DVD highlights the partnership between NRCS employees, local landowners and partners who help people help the land. Our passion is manifested through the benefits derived from stewardship of private lands—benefits we all enjoy, such as cleaner water and air, improved soils and abundant wildlife habitat.

Submitted by Carol Crouch, district conservationist, Purcell, OK
NRCS April 2008

Last Modified: 04/07/2008

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