The Soil and Water Conservation District is responsible for the conservation work within Loudoun County. Its mission is to provide leadership in recognizing and addressing soil and water conservation issues and problems, both existing and potential, and to promote and develop education and technical programs that meet the agricultural and urban conservation needs.
Among the agency’s initiatives are a new septic tank pump-out rebate program, administering the state’s best management practices cost-share program, and offering cost-share funding for urban conservation practices such as tree planting.
The SWCD is led by five directors. Two are appointed by the state board and three are elected by county voters.
This year, six candidates are running for the seats. On the ballot are the three incumbents: John Flannery, Marina R. Schumacher and James K. Wylie. The three challengers are George Melik-Agamirian, Jasvinder “Jimmy” Singh and Michelle C. Thomas.
Voters countywide will cast ballots for up to three individuals. The top three vote-getters will take the seats and serve four-year terms.