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Conservation, watershed board seats up for grabs

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By Jesef Williams

Phil Cleveland and Michael Windhorn are vying for one open seat on the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation Board in Tuesday's election.

The soil and water conservation district aims to increase awareness of local natural resources by talking about conservation and environmental issues to schools, community leaders and other residents.

The commissioners attend monthly meetings in the county and receive training at statewide functions. The seat is countywide, non-partisan and comes without pay or benefits.

Watershed boards

Six people are running for the six open seats on the Cane Creek Watershed and the Little Lynches Watershed boards.

Three seats are up for grabs on both of the boards, meaning each person running will be elected.

Willis Ballard Jr., Sally Deese and Leonard Robinson are running for the Cane Creek Watershed board.

Earnest Huggins, Elizabeth Hunter and Olin Jones are running for the Little Lynches Watershed Board.

The two boards oversee the maintenance of five flood-control dams in Lancaster County – four in the city of Lancaster and one in Kershaw.

Each year the boards tour the dams, determine what maintenance needs to be done and create a budget for the improvements.

Like the soil and water commissions, the watershed board members serve four-year terms that are also voluntary.

"They serve because they really care about the communities," said Ann Christie, the two boards' technical advisor.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152