As a part of the Kleberg and Kenedy counties since 1997, the Kleberg-Kenedy Soil and Water Conservation District reminds residents that everyone has a direct connection to natural resources of soil, water, air, plants and animals. The National Association of Conservation Districts celebrated the 64th year of Stewardship week April 28 – May 5, 2019. The 2019 Soil & Water Stewardship Week is themed “Life in Soil: Dig Deeper.”

The 2019 proclamation reads as follows: “Whereas fertile soil and clean water provide us with our daily sustenance, and Whereas effective conservation practices have helped provide us a rich standard of living, and Whereas our security depends upon healthy soil and clean water, and Whereas stewardship calls for each person to help conserve these precious resources, Therefore, I do hereby proclaim April 28th to May 5th, 2019 Soil & Water Stewardship Week.”

The local Kleberg-Kenedy SWCD No. 356 in Kingsville promotes protection, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources through education, awareness, leadership, technical and financial assistance in cooperation with the public as well as local, state, and federal agencies.

The Board of Directors include Chairmain John Prukop; Vice-Chairman Trey Quackenbush; Secretary Ernest Bippert Jr; and Directors David Schubert and Vern Crocker. These directors volunteer their time and services to provide leadership and guidance for the local soil and water conservation program. These programs are effectively administered on a local grass-roots level based on voluntary cooperation of landowners and others. 

Kleberg-Kenedy SWCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts, which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country. 

The local district in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service assists landowners in the SWCD to develop voluntary conservation plans to address various resource concerns on their land including erosion and pollinators. Also high on the list now is soil health. Sir Albert Howard said in his book, The Soil and Health: “The soil is, as a matter of fact, full of live organisms. It is essential to conceive of it as something pulsating with life, not as a dead or inert mass. There could be no greater misconception than to regard the earth as dead: a handful of soil is teeming with life.”

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact Kleberg-Kenedy SWCD at (361) 592-0309 ext. No. 3; or visit the office in the Kleberg Bank Building at 100 East Kleberg, Suite No. 204. 

Additional information about the “Life in Soil: Dig Deeper” program and other useful resource education is available on the NACD website at http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/2018-watersheds-water-home/.

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