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Mason County Soil & Water Conservation District #223 Soil and Water Stewardship Week
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 • Posted April 12, 2013

Mason, TX April 8th, 2013— Mason County SWCD #223 wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 58th year of Stewardship week April 28 – May 5, 2013. The 2013 Stewardship Week is themed, “Where does your water shed?”

Reuben Geistweidt acts as the Chairman for Mason County SWCD #223. The District was formed to assist people to identify & solve conservation problems in the county.

Clean water is important to everyone, “says National Association of Conservation Districts President Earl Garber.” “Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state and national boundaries. Every inch of the land on planet Earth is part of a watershed. In the continental U.S., there are 2,100 watersheds; if we include Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico, the count rises to 2,267. No matter where you are right now, you are in a watershed.”

Less than 1-percent of all of the water on our planet is fresh water. The average citizen in the United States uses 70 gallons of water every day; and this does not include the water it takes to manufacture the automobiles, clothing, and food we depend on each and every day. Take time to learn about your local community water supply sources, and volunteer for river, stream or beach clean-up days. You can make a difference.

To find out more about your local watershed, including an app for your computer and smart phone, visit: www.epa.gov/mywaterway.

Mason County SWCD #223 is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) 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.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact Mason County SWCD #223 at 325-347-5749 x3. Additional information about the “Where does your watershed?” program and other natural resource education materials is available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org/education.

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For almost 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. NACD’s website is at www.nacdnet.org.

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