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MECKLENBURG SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

The non-paid board of supervisors meets monthly to establish local soil and water conservation priorities based on the needs of the district. The Board chairs work groups to address these priorities through the installation and implementation of best management practices that protect and improve the natural resources within the district. The work is accomplished by partnering with local, state and federal agencies; businesses; and non-profit organizations for technical and financial assistance. . The Division of Soil and Water Conservation administers ACSP, AgWRAP and CCAP, and holds each local board of supervisors accountable to these state programs. Each district is governed by a five-member board of supervisors. Three supervisors are elected on the general ballot as non-partisan candidates during the regular election of county officers, and two are appointed by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission upon recommendation of the local district board of supervisors.

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    Gregory Denlea

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    Rich George

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    Duncan St. Clair

Biographical Information

What do you see as the job of the Soil & Water Supervisors? (700 characters max)

What experience do you bring that makes (will make) you an effective Soil & Water Supervisor? (700 characters max)

What are the most pressing needs facing the District right now and how do you propose to address them? (700 characters max)

What is the most effective service/program the District provides currently for your county? (700 characters max)

Contact Phone (704) 713-3554
email address gdenlea@gmail.com
Twitter @DenleaGregory
Position/philosophy statement Lived experience in soil and water conservation; 16 years teaching science; Please vote for me for soil and water conservation supervisor Nov. 3, 2020
- Deliver state programs administered by the division

- Deliver federal Farm Bill conservation programs involving natural resource conservation practices, farmland protection, wetlands restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement.

- Assist communities in natural resource management erosion and sediment control, source water protection, storm water management, floodplain management and flood control, water use efficiency, stream restoration, open spaces and small-plot forestry management

- Respond to natural disasters / help with clean-up efforts

- Assist with conservation easements, environmental education centers, parks and demonstration farms.
I have experience working on boards with non-profit organizations and I bring to the board a wealth of lived experience as an employee and an educator in conservation.

Lived Experience

- Water conservation projects, national park trail building and maintenance, - wildland forest fire fighting, and urban conservation projects (e.g. tree planting).

- Tour guide in a national park

- Trail building with National Park Service

Educator Experience:

- Taught environmental science for16 years at the university level

- Masters in Science in environmental assessment - North Carolina State University (2011)

- Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science - Washington State University (198
Food availability and the quality and availability of our drinking water are the most important issues facing the city in the coming years.

My priorities will be to work on developing environmental education, cost sharing programs for urban farming and urban forest development, and partnering with city, county, state, and federal leaders in order to extend our resources to the most needy in the community.

There are also great volunteer opportunities to engender community involvement in the clean-up and conservation of our local waterways.

We are in a great position in Charlotte to build out our capabilities for microgreen farming, fish farming, and hydroponic farms in the city.
- Rain barrel sale. Rain barrels provide an easy way for homeowners to help protect our streams a​nd lakes in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

- Annual Tree Seedling Sale. Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Tree Seedling Sale

- The NC Department of Agriculture Agronomic Division offers free and low cost soil testing services for citizens in North Carolina. Soil test kits are available at the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District office

- Education Contests 2020-2021 - see Contest materials at (https://nacdnet.z2systems.com/np/clients/nacdnet/catalog.jsp?catalog=18)

- The Auxiliary Classroom provides grants of up to $500 to teachers
Age (optional) 61
Contact Phone (910) 229-4337
Website http://NA
Twitter @regeorge58
Position/philosophy statement My E*O*S strategic plan -- A New Dawn for Mecklenburg's Environment -- will deliver Equitable, Optimal, Sustainable stewardship of natural resources.
Equitable resource access for everyone • No matter who you are, who you love, or who you worship • No matter where you live, or where you are from • No matter what you earn, or what color you are Optimal resource usage with multiple benefits • Agriculture, from rural farms to urban gardens • Industry, from commercial to industrial • Residential housing, from multi-family to single-family • Recreation, from greenways to waterways Sustainable resource management: the future is now • Responsible land development to combat soil erosion & contamination • Quality & conservation to ensure fresh, pollutant-free water • Expanded, carbon-capturing tree canopy to beautifully ensure healthy air
Passionate Environmental Protection • Certified member of Al Gore’s Climate Leadership Corps equips me with global expertise • Ten-year County residence energizes me to act & impact locally • Late fiancée Brooke Atkins inspires me to protect our planet, & all living things on it Family-Farming Background • Many central PA small farmers in my family • Experience using land & water wisely • Protection of local agriculture from international factory farms Powerful, Yet Practical, Change Agent • Significant strategic change positively impacting change-resistant organizations • Collaborative, team builder optimizes budgets to maximize impact • Small NC mobile-home parks to multinational companies
Strategic Planning that drives MS&WCD activity: • Clear roadmap to success • Fact-based analysis using comprehensive database • Stakeholder input on how best to protect & promote Mecklenburg resources Strategic Partnerships that maximize MS&WCD visibility, funding & impact: • Coordinate environmental plan with City of Charlotte to supplement SEAP carbon reduction • Collaborate with stakeholder teams • Communicate clearly, consistently & compellingly > common understanding Strategic Priorities that deliver MS&WCD goals: • Green infrastructure to stimulate job training & creation • Soil health to support & maximize farm output • Water quality, especially stream restoration & stormwater runoff
Protecting & promoting Mecklenburg County’s natural resources -- soil, water & air -- through collaborations that: 1. Expand & restore tree canopy • Tree seedling sale, in partnership with Trees Charlotte • City of Charlotte Planning Commission participation 2. Ensure water quality by leveraging state programs • Community Conservation Cost Share Program • NC Agriculture Cost Share Program • NC Ag Water Resources Assistance Program 3. Protect soil health by leveraging federal programs • Environmental Quality Incentives Program • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program • Conservation Reserve Program
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Age (optional) 43
Contact Phone (704) 830-4543
Position/philosophy statement Choose to conserve, preserve, and make better use of all resources available to us.
Mecklenburg County needs to develop more farms - micro and urban farms - and preserve trees. The Board can work with city and county tax offices and other local government bodies to adopt principles that encourage residents to be better farmers and conservationists. I think we need to better understand the Board's role in preservation of green and open spaces - but also see land as more than a place to construct and build. We need fresh, new ideas that enhance our city and county's vision for the future. Our county has plenty of green space - and it would be great to keep it that way. When we do develop land, we need to focus on how it will improve life for residents.
I worked with the National Park Service for many years as a Park Ranger interpreting America's natural and cultural heritage in a way that enabled connections to landmarks and historic features. I have worked for large and small businesses, and have built a business of my own from scratch. We all benefit when someone can clearly explain matters of importance for us - for someone to identify why it's important to be at the forefront of development in our County, as well as why it's important to strive to maintain our green spaces and encourage farms that are more in sync with practical uses of our urban and suburban areas. I want to bridge the cross between the Board and an everyday resident.
We have very few farms in Mecklenburg County because the focus is on large farms. I want to make micro and urban farms commonplace - where families, communities, and businesses share the common interest of growing food. We are fast cutting down our tree canopy. I want to work with officials and residents to find better incentives for maintaining the tree canopy, while enabling growth. The value of a mature tree that provides shade, beauty, and community welfare is invaluable. Fostering soil and water initiatives and revitalizing an endearing respect for farms and natural landscapes is important. I want to develop powerful programs for the Board to assist in solveing the climate crisis.
The most effective program the Board provides is assisting landowners with erosion prevention - this is exactly why I am running ... because there are hundreds of thousands of residents in Mecklenburg County and the Board is doing us all an injustice by focusing - relentlessly - on programs that do not benefit more residents in bigger ways. The Board can be incredibly more effective at preventing erosion when residents know and understand what it can and is doing for them individually. The board can do more by developing programs that promote, encourage, and reward conservation efforts. Just think: if we focus directly on conservation of natural areas, we prevent downstream soil erosion.