Locals have no idea that there’s a district that works with the farmers of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The race for Albuquerque’s next mayor and the issue of stadium bonds overshadowed another race on the ballot that left many voters baffled. The Soil and Water Conservation District is a political sub-unit that taxpayers often pay for. However, many voters do not yet know what they are doing.

“That doesn’t surprise me at all. Soil and Water Conservation Counties have had problems with recognition in the past, ”said James ‘Steve’ Glass, chairman of Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District. These districts have been around for some time, dating back to the 1930s.

“The farmers had no idea what they were doing out here. You were from Missouri and that is not Missouri. So they tried to farm by these methods, and the Dust Bowl came about and the Soil Conservation Service was formed, ”said Glass.

Today there are thousands of these districts across the country and 47 in New Mexico. They work with farmers and landowners and other government agencies to help conserve natural resources and wildlife. The Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District includes most of Bernalillo County and part of Sandoval County.

“We’ll go and identify the problem, find funding to fix the problem or help fix the problem, and bring these two together,” said Glass.

However, while Albuquerque voters filled out their ballots for the next mayor, councilors, and bond issues, many did not know how to vote when they got to the soil and water protection district races without knowing what the group is doing.

Glass says the Ciudad district in the metropolitan area is working together on projects such as introducing wildlife to the Candeleria Conservation Area and creating water catchment areas.

“We’re working really hard in the interests of everyone to replenish the watershed to replenish the resources to ensure our children’s children have a life,” said Glass. He hopes his next term in office will bring more resource restoration and maybe even put the Ciudad district a little more in the spotlight.

“I would really appreciate it if people understand that we are here. People know we’re a unique company doing unique work pretty much under the radar, and if people knew we were here and how hard we worked, they’d appreciate it, ”said Glass. “They would appreciate everything we do to make life in this city or cities, or even this state, a better experience for everyone who lives here trying to just try to conserve the natural resources that are still left to us. “

Glass said the Ciudad district only gets about $ 15,000 a year from lawmakers and is mostly dependent on grants. He said they are investing about a million dollars in conservation work this year alone through grants and collaborations.

Glass was an incumbent and retained his seat Tuesday night. Zoe Economou was another incumbent in the other race. She also kept her seat.

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