Idaho is made up of 50 indivudual soil and water conservation districts. They are the primary entities that protect and care for Idaho’s soil, water and other natural resources on privately held lands. They are separate legal entities and subdivisions of state government led by locally elected boards of five or seven supervisors who serve on a volunteer basis.
A district’s work seldom makes newspaper headlines, but over the last sixty years, their efforts have increased the productivity of Idaho agriculture, and helped conserve and protect natural resources. For example, a switch from surface irrigation to pivot or wheel irrigation systems can be a costly out-of-pocket expense for a landowner. By working with his local conservation district, the landowner can leverage federal and state programs to cost-share the total cost of the new pivot system.