TEMPLE, TX â€” State Representative Susan King will be the featured speaker at the West Texas Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (WTASWCDS) meeting August 27. The meeting will be held at the Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater with registration starting at 9 a.m.
â€śBeginning at 10:00 a.m. and prior to the business session, soil and water conservation district directors attending the meeting will be given a tour of the National Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) WWII Museumâ€ť said Johnny Ussery, President of the WTASWCDS.
In 1941, Sweetwater was chosen as the home for a bold new program in which women were trained to fly military aircraft in support of the war. From 1942 to 1944, these first women to fly U.S. military planes logged 60 million miles, ferrying military aircraft to bases nationwide. 77 different types of aircraft were flown by the WASP, on every type of mission in the Army Air Force, except combat. No WASP ever flew outside North America.
During the business meeting SWCD directors will hear Rep. King. The directors are also expected to hear dignitaries from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on state and national soil, water, and related natural resource issues.
Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDS) coordinate the implementation and deliverance of corresponding natural resource conservation programs to farmers and ranchers throughout the state. Additionally, SWCDS participate in planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution.
In other areas of responsibility, SWCDS participate in a state water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush. An added area of responsibility permits SWCDS to engage in work to ensure local flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repairs.
Seventeen soil and water conservation districts in the western region of the state where the High Plains, Edwards plateau and Trans-Pecos geological regions merge are members of the WTASWCDS. Counties which the SWCDS serve include Borden, Scurry, Fisher, Andrews, Martin, Howard, Nolan, Taylor, Midland, Glasscock, Sterling, Coke, Runnels, Reagan, Irion, Upton, Tom Green, Concho, and Schleicher Counties.