Review and make recommendations on all natural resource development programs proposed or planned by local, state and federal agencies and subdivisions.
The Commission is responsible for actions involving the organization, dissolution, boundary or name changes for conservation districts or watershed districts.
The Commission is responsible for appointing the board of supervisors for a new conservation district. These supervisors remain in office until the next general election.
The Commission would be involved in any actions to remove conservation district supervisors from office for neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.
The Commission allocates grants from the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Fund to conservation districts and has rule-making authority for the grant fund.
The Commission approves loans to conservation districts from the Conservation District Revolving Loan Fund.
The Commission must recommend approval of conservation district loans made from the Rural Development Loan Fund in the SD Department of Agriculture.
The Commission has joint responsibilities with the Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry for requiring the conservation districts to prepare proper financial records and reports. The Commission has approved a standard fiscal year for all conservation districts, from January 1 through December 31.
Review and recommend any changes the Commission deems necessary to the success of the conservation district program.
The Commission shall keep a record of supervisors elected in each conservation district, appointments to fill vacancies and the expiration date of each supervisor’s term of office.
The Commission shall allocate and distribute to participating conservation districts any funds, grants, supplies or staff assistance which are available for that purpose, consistent with any restrictions.
The Commission shall provide newly elected supervisors with an oath of office form.