Committees

Committee pages

Committees are created by WACD to:

  1. Provide a venue for grass root solutions to natural resource issues to be introduced as Washington State policy proposals;
  2. Increase grass root input into WACD for natural resource and operational issues; and
  3. Involve new leadership in the activities of WACD.

Each Committee has one district supervisor and one district employee as Co-Chairs, Co- Vice-Chairs, and Co Past-Chairs. WACD Officers and Directors (O&D) have ownership of committees and are responsible for their overall operation and success.

Relationship to WACD

Each committee exists to address specific issues. Each committee collects and summarizes conservation district input, then uses that information to:

  • Develop draft policies for programs;
  • Provide information to key decision makers;
  • Develop recommendations to solve issues; and
  • Provide a forum for discussions with partner organizations.

Each committee has the ability to work independently as long as the group is comfortable with the recommendation they are developing. A committee may bring issues before the Officers and Directors for review. The Officers and Directors will determine the final policy position of WACD.

The WACD Executive Director will work with committees as an advisor. The WACD Executive Director will represent policies of WACD to the committees and assist them in developing their recommendations.

Each committee will be assigned a WACD liaison in addition to the Executive Director. Each committee will also have Conservation Commission staff to assist the Committee in developing their recommendations.

The O&D will give a specific charge to the committee on what conservation district issue they are to review and develop recommendations on for WACD, Conservation Districts, the Conservation Commission and other entities.

Sources of Issues

A committee can receive input on issues from all sources. Resolutions have been the traditional way an issue was brought forward. Additionally, conservation district supervisors and districts can bring issues before a committee to review. Issues can also come from outside sources that have been brought forward by other organizations.

Budget

Each committee is allocated $3,000 to pay meeting expenses, travel reimbursements for committee members, communication expenses, and other items required to have a functioning committee. Salaries and wages are not allowable expenses for committee work.