Wright announces candidacy for Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District
Bob Wright has spent 25 years work experience with Soil and Water and Environmental Services.
WALKER — Bob Wright announced his candidacy for the office of Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor for District 5.
Wright, a Walker resident, has lived in Cass County for 31 years working and raising his family, with experiences of family time spent playing on the water, around the campfire, making maple syrup, walking in the woods and hunting.
“Soil and water conservation makes sense to me,” Wright wrote in his announcement. “While we all bring our own diverse ethnic/cultural traditions to live life fully, soil and water conservation is the common thread we all share, that allows these traditions to continue. It is in this same spirit, that I wish to continue my dedicated effort by bringing my education and extensive work experience to support thoughtful dialogue about future conservation practices in Cass County through the ‘One Watershed One Plan’ program and to add to the numerous accomplishments of current and previous devoted stakeholders that first began the Cass County’s Soil and Water Conservation District in 1963.”
Wright has spent 25 years with the soil and water district and environmental services department. He currently mentors new environmental resource specialists and conducts culvert inventories as part of the One Watershed One Plan.
Wright has processed Wetland Conservation Act permits, is a member of the wetland technical evaluation panel and provided water sampling, river gauging and hydrolab profiling with lake associations. He mitigated erosion issues, reviewed shoreland alteration and septic permits, advanced inspector designer Subsurface Treatment Systems, collaborated with land owners on cost share opportunities, worked as an erosion control inspector, and maintained working relationships with the Department of Natural Resources, Corp of Engineers and land owners.
“The watershed plays a vital role throughout our region, downstream, and into our future,” Wright said. “Historically, it was during the depression-era (See Ken Burns’ documentary, The Dust Bowl) that U.S. Congress made active efforts to protect and restore the soil from the worst man-made ecological disaster. As a result, soil conservation districts were created that understood local needs and offered the technical side of conservation. Today, conservation districts have evolved while continuing to offer landowners assistance on a voluntary basis to install practices that keep soil and water healthy.
“In our area, working together with land management and local hydrology practices, the district continues to mitigate water quality decline, create refuge for vulnerable species, and enhances ecosystem integrity. This benefits all who live and visit here, and protects and preserves cultural traditions and practices such as supporting healthy wild rice lakes, gathering, and hunting access.”
Wright said he is prepared to understand and collaboratively reflect on watershed practices, priorities and goals in order to achieve balance between people and the natural environment.
“We have all come to benefit from this strong and natural sustainable community and my hope is to continue as your steward of shared values throughout Cass County Soil & Water Conservation District.”