White River RC&D Background
The White River Resource Conservation and Development was officially incorporated in 2001 to help address natural resource needs in south central Indiana. White River RC&D brings people together to identity needs and foster opportunities in the economic, environmental, and social areas of south central Indiana.
White River RC&D consists of four south central counties including Jackson, Lawrence, Orange and Washington and encompasses nearly 1,198,133 acres. The heart of the area is approximately 1 hour north of Louisville, Kentucky and 1 hours south of Indianapolis, Indiana. The area is generally rural in nature, with no major metropolitan areas.
Natural resources conservation and rural development area planning and implementation are the central functions of White River RC&D. Serving the needs and opportunities within the four-county area, White River RC&D has had a unique role in addressing issues involving land conservation, land management, water management and rural community development.
Within an RC&D, we can do anything the local people want to do as long as it fits within the Council's long range plans and goals for the area. For example, an RC&D can:
create a park
provide a community facility
open a tourist attraction
correct erosion problems
work on water quality issues
promote local industry
build a timber bridge
preserve a historical site
promote use of modern telecommunications technology in rural areas
develop a wildlife habitat restoration or wetland education area
build a greenway trail
stabilize a storm water channel
RC&Ds are not entities of government; therefore the usual policies and constraints of local, state, and federal government programs do not limit them in the kinds of issues they decide to address or how they decide to do it. Local people on the Council determine the types of concerns, projects and activities in which they will become involved.
The Vision of the White River RC&D is to encourage awareness, education and wise land use which will promote the conservation of local resources, and improve the quality of life within the area.
The Mission of the White River RC&D is to serve as a catalyst to nurture, promote and develop volunteer efforts in providing local solutions for local concerns; thereby enhancing the quality of life within the White River RC&D Area.
White River Resource Conservation and Development
All programs and assistance of the White River RC&D Council are available without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.