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Belmont County's Water and Soil Conservation District announces changes to its program

Belmont County's Water and Soil Conservation District is announcing changes to its program (WTOV).

Belmont County's Water and Soil Conservation District is announcing changes to its program.

District members were on hand for the county commission meeting on Wednesday, where it was explained that the current division of soil and water resources was transferred to the Agricultural Department as part of legislation approved in the state budget bill.

Ohio officials say the change is a way of increasing efficiency among the state agencies and adapting to changing issues, like water quality and nutrient management.

“This is an organization that's part of Ohio law in educating current landowners, future landowners, on how to best use soil and or water,” Commissioner Mark Thomas said. “And we love having you in because our residents need to know that you exist, No. 1, what you do, No. 2, and how valuable that is to Belmont County.”

In addition to recent statewide changes, the programs and staff related to storm water issues are now part of the Ohio EPA and the Silviculture Division is now under the ODNR's Division of Forestry.

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