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District Directors of Soil and Water are elected to four year terms.The District is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It works with Federal, State, and local authorities and the private sector to address Loudoun’s soil and water conservation needs. It promotes educational and technical programs in the field of natural resources conservation, provides advice on the handling of conservation issues to governmental entities and private citizens, and administers programs aimed at specific goals. District operations are directed by a Board of five Directors (three elected in the general election process, two appointed by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board) and carried out by professional staff. Conservation efforts are further enhanced by the District’s Associate Directors and the programs of cooperating agencies.

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    John Flannery
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Biographical Information

What do you believe is the top priority for your district, and what is your plan to address it?

How do YOU describe the job of a S&W Director?

What about your background makes you a good choice for this position?

What position papers/ Q&As have you completed and where can a voter find them?

What long-term (chronic) issues do you want to address while in office?

Twitter @jonflan
Experience John P Flannery is presently the Director and Treasurerof the Loudoun County Soil and Water Conservation District. John was elected as a Director for the Loudoun County Soil and Water Conservation District in November 2015 for a four-year term, and is running for re-election this November 5, 2019.
Education John has a BS in Physics from Fordham College, a BS in Engineering from Columbia School of Engineering, a JD from the Columbia School of Law, and a Masters in Information Science from George Washington Univ. Graduate School. John was the Managing Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.
Age 73
YouTube Video
Position Paper #3 http://vimeo.com/180512135
Position Paper #4 http://vimeo.com/195151504
Position Paper #7 http:// vimeo.com/345253696
To use the additional resources we have this year, and to pursue complaints if and when they occur. Aristotle said, “Nothing improves your aim like having a target.” When we had no Soil and Water Boards, back in the 1920s, bad management practices resulted in farmers planting wheat where there was insufficient water, and with the droughts that followed, the infamous dust bowl gripped the nation. Soil became dry dust, tons of it, blown across the nation from one coast to the other. The soil and water boards were created to see that this disaster didn’t happen again, that we didn’t misapprehend what our soil could handle. We have developed best management practices (BMPs), indeed we have hundreds of pages of them here in Virginia, and the two principle objectives, although there are others, are (1) to keep nutrients (mostly waste) out of our waters, and (2) to prevent the erosion of soil (that takes thousands of years to enrich). See - http://www.loudounprogress.org/2019/08/20/scrub
As a Director and our Board’s treasurer, I review those projects we may implement with our staff, review the topography in technical review committee meetings and then we discuss them before our Board and implement, revise or deny projects to build fences to keep livestock out of the water, troughs for the livestock to drink in the field, cover crops to fight erosion. I’m also the liaison to the Potomac Council that considers how our individual districts may learn from each other and coordinate change – as may be necessary. I also have written reports and appeared before the Board of Supervisors.
I have more than 4 years of experience at it, with the technical staff that I’ll continue to work with, if re-elected. I was an Associate Director, before being elected a Director, and was chosen as the Board’s Treasurer when I was elected, and chosen as this District’s liaison to the Potomac Council. As a kid from the South Bronx, I got up every Saturday morning to watch a black and white show, The Morning Farmer, because I had an interest in the environment from when I was a kid from the South Bronx. I was a devoted visitor to the Botanical Gardens in High School, and took trips to the Catskills and Adirondacks. I have been concerned about matters environmental my whole life. I fought against the dirty streamers in Loudoun, unneeded pipelines, fought for the farmers, and, at one time, I had a horse farm (70 acres) and managed 24 horses, some I rode to the hunt, others I raced until I thought the sport cruel to the horses.
I write and talk and film a lot – and have identified a number of works that will give any interested party a good idea what I’ve done and what I think about what I’ve done.
I’d like the County to join and enforce the Chesapeake Bay Act to give our County some muscle to do the right thing about our soil and water.

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