Kansas State Conservation Commission
The State Conservation Commission
The State Conservation Commission works to protect and enhance Kansas’ natural resources through the development, implementation, and maintenance of policies, guidelines, and programs designed to assist local governments and individuals in conserving the state’s renewable resources.
The State Conservation Commission (SCC) was established by the Kansas Legislature in 1937 to promote soil and water conservation. The SCC is governed by nine members consisting of an elected commissioner from each of the five conservation areas; two ex-officio members representing KSU Research and Extension; and two appointed members representing the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The agency is administered by an executive director appointed by the commissioners.
The SCC has the responsibility to administer the Conservation Districts Law (K.S.A. 2-1901 et seq), the Watershed District Act (K.S.A. 24-1201 et seq.), and other statutes authorizing various programs. The agency budget is financed from the dedicated funding of the State Water Plan Special Revenue Fund, State General Fund, and fee funds.
The agency is structured as a single program agency, but operates several subprograms that tie both to the mission of the SCC and to many stated goals of the State Water Plan. One of the goals of the SCC is to administer efficiently those subprograms that enhance and protect the state’s natural resources. The agency pursues this goal by working with the 105 conservation districts and 88 organized watershed districts, and other local, state and federal entities.
The State Conservation Commission will provide the highest degree of service to our customers. The voluntary conservation and protection of our natural resources is a public and private trust. We shall approach our activities with a deep sense of purpose and responsibility.
Grant Assistance Buffer Coordinator grants to conservation districts to hire buffer coordinators.
Stream bank stabilization & restoration Provide cost-share assistance to landowners. Cost-share funds are administered by local county conservation district.