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Governor Proclaims Soil and Water
Stewardship Week, April 30 - May 7
For Immediate Release: April 27, 2000 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


Governor Christine Todd Whitman has declared April 30 through May 7 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week in New Jersey (proclamation follows). Agriculture Secretary Art Brown, who also chairs the State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC), commended the state's 16 local soil conservation districts (SCDs), as well as farmers and landowners, for their efforts to preserve New Jersey's soil and water resources. "This week gives us a chance to thank these people for the work they do to make sure that New Jersey remains a productive state in harmony with a quality environment," Brown said. Soil and Water Stewardship Week is designed to highlight the importance of soil and water resources to all New Jerseyans. In addition, it focuses attention on the work done throughout the year by the SSCC and the SCDs statewide in conjunction with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and related agencies. NJDA's Natural Resource Conservation and Development Program oversees programs that support the conservation and management of soil, water and related resources; improve water supply for agricultural production; prevent non-point source pollution resulting from all land use disturbances; provide watershed management and land treatment; and facilitate the recycling of organic wastes through controlled application to agricultural lands.