From the era of the Dust Bowl to the present
By Clyde Gottschalk TSSWCB Program Spec.
“May 29, 2014 marked the diamond jubilee of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the beginning of Texas soil and water conservation districts (SWCDS). The date was also the official kickoff date for many celebratory events around the state throughout the year commemorating the event,” said Rex Isom, executive director of the agency.
The problems of wind and water erosion in the 1930’s (which was the reason for the creation of the TSSWCB and SWCDS in Texas as well as in other states) caused great land devastation in Texas and throughout the Great Plains region of the country. The era was marked by a period of drought from 1931 to 1939 that was coupled with severe wind-driven soil erosion of overgrazed rangeland and soil exposed by the use of farming practices not adapted to the semiarid U.S. Great Plains.
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