March 13, 2019      Washington, DC

The National Association of Conservation Districts  on The Basics of Conservation Delivery

Texas Night was hosted by
Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Boots were dusted off and a night of dancing was enjoyed in the world-famous Buckhorn Saloon! Live music was provided by the “Old Friends” band. Admission included all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink for the night, as well as access to the Buckhorn Museum. We strolled over to the Buckhorn located at 318 E. Houston and stopped to take a quick picture at the Alamo along the way! 

--  TOURS   --
Protecting the Alamo City from Flooding

Texas Night

Hill Country Tour
The Meadows Center for Water and Environment
IMAX Movie “The Alamo”
Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch and Fredericksburg Tour
National Museum of Pacific War Tour
Natural Bridge Caverns and Gruene, TX Tour
Missions and San Antonio Architecture Tour

Photos: San Antonio River Authority

ATSWCD president Volney Hough (standing, left) and Marty Graham, TSSWCB Director/Area II (standing, right) visit with David Basinger, TSSWCB Director/Area IV (seated, left) and Barry Mahler, TSSWCB Director/Area V (seated right) during one of the tours at the NACD South Central Regional Conference.

Every March, ATSWCD joins the NACD staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to visit with legislators and promote the  interests of conservation districts. 

    September 4-6, 2018 -- ATSWCD hosted the NACD South Central Regional Conference in San Marcos, TX.  Participants from around the region toured field locations where they learned about local agricultural operations from Texas NRCS specialists and other speakers. 

    A highlight of the day was the final stop at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, formerly Aquarena Springs.  Glass- bottomed boats were boarded for a tour of the lake and the famous springs, which are said to be one of the largest artesian springs in the world.   

    The facility is now owned by Texas State University, and the staff provided information about their research, through which they "promote sustainable management of water systems and seek to increase the understanding of complex water and natural resource topics". 

    The tour day concluded with dinner on the banks of the lake.

(Tour pictures by Molly Christensen, TSSWCB)

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos, TX, where NACD South Central Conference attendees toured the lake in glass-bottomed boats, seeing the famous artesian springs. (The Meadows Center website photo)





February 2-6, 2019    San Antonio, TX

ATSWCD President Volney Hough (left), accepts the Top Ten Award for Texas membership contributions from NACD President Brent Van Dyke at the 2018 NACD Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.


September 4-6, 2018    San Marcos, TX

"The National Association of Conservaton Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America's 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards.  The association was founded on the philosophy that conservation decisions should be made voluntarily at the local level with technical and funding assistance from federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector."

Members of the ATSWCD group are pictured with Senator Ted Cruz in Washington, DC during the 2019 Spring Fly-in.

Nathan Haile (far right), Soil Health Specialist for Texas NRCS, addresses tour participants at the NACD South Central Conference.

Protecting the Alamo City from Flooding
hosted by Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts partnered with the San Antonio River Authority to provide a tour of the improvements made to both ends of the river to improve the quality of life for residents and business owners and increase the water quality, quantity and diversity of plant and animal species.


March 18, 2019--Last week the Association Board traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the NACD Fly In.  Board members spent two days on Capitol Hill meeting with members of the Texas delegation.  Members were provide information on conservation activities in their districts and discussed the importance of the implementation of the new Farm Bill.  They also highlighted the importance of federal support for the Watershed Protection Program and the Carrizo Cane Eradication Program.

. . . Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director

​Monday Minutes 3/18/2019

Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Association of