The Ripley County SWCD was declared a district on July 1, 1949 at the request of county citizens who were interested in soil and water conservation, flood prevention and land use planning. The SWCD is a legal subdivision of state government, responsible for providing leadership for all conservation development of soil, water, and related natural resources for all of Ripley County. A district constitutes a governmental subdivision of the state and a public body corporate and politic exercising public powers (IC 14-32-5).
A board of five supervisors, who are acquainted with the resource needs and problems of the county, manage the SWCD. Landowners of the county elect three of the supervisors and the State Soil Conservation Board appoints two.
The SWCD does not have the power to tax or bond, does not have the power of eminent domain, and does not have regulatory power. It cannot replace or duplicate functions of the other local government units. Financing SWCD operations is accomplished through a combination of appropriations from state and local government units, money earned by SWCD activities, and contributions from private sources.
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