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Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District
17 Olson Road, Suite 3
South Paris ME 04281

Project/Program Manager, Michele Windsor 744-3111
Education & Outreach Coordinator, Jean E. Federico 744-3119

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NOTICE OF OXFORD COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR ELECTION

Persons desiring to run for the office of District Supervisor for the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) should contact the District office at 17 Olson Rd., Suite #3, South Paris, ME 04281, Telephone (207)744-3119, to obtain nomination papers. Nomination papers must be received at the District Office no later than October 27, 2018. The term for this elected position is three years beginning on January 1, 2019.

Persons who desire to serve on the Oxford County SWCD Board of Supervisors in an elected position must be a resident registered voter and reside in Oxford County. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the District Election Superintendent Jean E. Federico at 17 Olson Rd., Suite 3, South Paris, ME 04281 or calling at 744-3119.

Persons wishing to vote in the election of District Supervisors can obtain a ballot by coming into the District Office, calling, or writing to request a ballot be mailed. All registered voters in Oxford County are eligible to vote. Election ballots will be accepted after Wednesday, October 31st and must be received no later than 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

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The History of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Soil and Water Conservation Districts arose as a result of the environmental disaster of the 1930’s known as the “Great Dust Bowl”. This event brought the nation’s attention to the fact that soil is a precious natural resource as it takes approximately 100 years for only 1 inch of topsoil to form. During the 1930’s, farmers were losing about 3 to 5 inches of topsoil per year due to poor farming practices and dry windy conditions. Soils were being carried away by wind and deposited hundreds of miles away. As this life-giving soil literally rained down on Washington D.C., there was a federal call to action by soil scientist Hugh Hammond Bennett to create laws to provide the basis for local conservation districts.  The Districts worked with local farmers, connecting them to valuable federal government programs designed to help them adopt practices which aided in soil and water conservation. Maine joined in by ratifying the authorizing legislation in 1941 to establish Soil & Water Conservation Districts in every county in the state. Today, we are losing topsoil to erosion at the rate of about 5 tons per acre a year, or about the thickness of a dime. The function of conservation districts was, and still is, to address the needs within the district for maintaining or improving soil and water quality.

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