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Jan 24

Soil & Water Conservation District Kept to Its Mission in 2020-21

Posted on January 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM by Percy Ashcraft

The Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District has submitted its Annual Report through June 30, 2021.

District Manager Michelle Carter submitted an overview of the report to funding localities that include Essex, King William, and King & Queen. As a reminder, the TRSWCD is charged with the responsibility of promoting soil and water conservation and establishing conservation programs.

King William has two elected members who serve on the Board of Directors - Langdon Townsend, who currently serves as Secretary, and Troy Johnson.  

In 2020-21, the District was the recipient of a pilot grant DCR for $3,352,063.20 for the Whole Farm Approach Program. This cost share program for the three localities bundles agricultural best management practices. All funds were allocated.

Also, the Conservation District received and allocated funds from the Cost Share Program (VACS) in the amount of $692,479.20 to assist in Chesapeake Bay agricultural goals.

Almost 90 acres were included in Nutrient Management planning, and another 2,063 acres were reviewed and inspected.

The Three Rivers District managed a budget of $4,440,073 in FY ’21.  

A new website was launched in FY ’21 at

Scholarships were also awarded to two King William High School students – Addie Johnson and Ashley Upshaw.

Annually the District offers mini grants to teachers in the funding localities. The grants are intended for projects that integrate soil and water conservation into any curriculum.

The District conducts monthly board meetings on the third Tuesday of every month.

Congratulations to all involved who make soil and water conservation a priority for our rural communities.

History Lesson for New Folks 
 Calling King William County Home

I was reminded a couple weeks ago that many of the people who are moving into the many new homes being constructed in the Central Garage area are not originally from King William County.

It is great that people are discovering what a great place it is to live, work, and raise a family in King William, but many are probably not aware of how the County got its name.

Here is a little history lesson from our friends at the King William Historic Society:

“King William County was organized in 1701, its territory being taken from King and Queen, which in turn had been formed from a part of New Kent County in 1691. The General Assembly act became effective on 11 April 1702, establishing King William County as the 24th county in Virginia. The county was named for King William III, King of England from 1689-1702. In 1720, Spotsylvania County was formed from parts of King William, King and Queen, and Essex, and in 1727, King William was again called on to surrender some of its territory when the new county of Caroline was organized.”

Also, I was reminded that in 2002 King William County celebrated its 300 Year Anniversary with a festival on the courthouse grounds. With April 11 being the 320th anniversary, another celebration of sorts might be in order.  

King William Emergency Ministries
 is Always There to Help

King William Emergency Ministries stands ready to help people when they meet unfortunate circumstances. This group responds in a number of ways and has helped many endure through tragedy and misfortune.

Randy Shank is the Director of King William Emergency Ministries and can be reached at or 804-238-8595.