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A Timeline

Through The Years

The following timeline has been curated from the tireless work of our staff and volunteers, documented through records and reports. Not all board members and/or significant events are listed below. The intent has been to relate some of the people and events over the past years in the Turkey Creek Conservation District. Click on any event description for more information.

A Referendum

A referendum was held on May 1, 1943 to vote on whether or not to establish a soil conservation district. Tabulation of the ballots cast showed the following results: 64 FOR, 1 AGAINST.

Polls Open

Polls open on May 8, 1943 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the purpose of electing soil conservation district board members, adopting by-laws, and rules and regulations. The first five Board of Supervisors’ members were Tony Masciantonio, Mac Clevenger, W.A. Hobson, Raymond Newton, and V.A. Stevens.

The First Meeting

The first meeting of landowners of the District was held on the first Monday of February, 1944.

A Dry Year

Mac Clevenger reported it was a dry year.

Board Members

Board members: Mac Clevenger, Charles Hobson, James Reed, Eugene Alt, Lee Rodarmel; District employee: C.F. Myers.

District Composition

The District contained 300,654 acres and had 55 operating units. Conservation practices include permanent vegetative cover chiseling pasture, ponds for livestock water, erosion control structures, drainage ditches, irrigation improvement, land leveling, concrete ditch lining, spreader ditches. Equipment owned by the District includes a scraper, D-7 tractor and dozer, trailer, pickup,

Board Members

Board members: Mac Clevenger, Charles Hobson, Robert Wallace, Eugene Alt, Lee Rodarmel; District employee: C.F. Myers.

Equipment Sold

The District sold all of its equipment due to the lack of reliable heavy equipment operators.

Flood Damage from 1965

Notes: The District’s long-range plan discussed flood damage to irrigated land along Fountain Creek from the 1965 flood. Crops grown in the district included alfalfa, beets, barley, wheat, and oats.

Crops Grown

Crops grown in the district included alfalfa, beets, barley, wheat, and oats.

Board Members

Board members: Mac Clevenger, Charles Hobson, Robert Wallace, Frank Mass, and one vacant seat; District employee: C.F. Myers.

New Partner

The District became a member of the newly established Sangre de Cristo Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D).

Board Members

Board members: Mac Clevenger, Charles Hobson, Robert Wallace, Clarence Tompkins, Eugene Alt; District employee: C.F. Myers.

Concerns about Pueblo West

Board notes: The District board has some concern about the Pueblo West development.

Annual Dinner

The District’s annual dinner was held at Melvin’s Drive-In. Tommy Thompson was the guest speaker.

Board Members

Board members: Charles Hobson, Robert Wallace, Eugene Alt, Vernon Rogers (replaced F.F. Phelps), Clarence Tompkins.

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Clarence Tompkins, Eugene Alt, Garry Lattimer, Vernon Rogers.

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Gregg Lattimer, Eugene Alt, Bob Morauski, Vernon Rogers.

Shared Funding

The District joined with South Pueblo County CD in obtaining funds from Pueblo County for hiring clerical assistance.

Board Members

Board members: Charles Hobson, Robert Wallace, Eugene Alt, Clarence Tompkins, Mac Clevenger.

Fort Carson Expansion

The District joined with three other districts in Pueblo and El Paso counties in opposing expansion of Fort Carson.

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Gregg Lattimer, Eugene Alt, Robert Morauski, Vernon Rogers.

Army Corps of Engineers

The District signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Army Corps of Engineers.

District Happenings

District Supervisors attended meetings on Sections 208 and 404 of the Water Pollution Control Act and the proposed expansion of Fort Carson. The District sponsored a 6th grade poster contest, 4-H participants to conservation camp, and a teacher entry in the NACD-Allis Chalmers Environmental Education contest.

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Gregg Lattimer, Eugene Alt, Robert Morauski, Vernon Rogers.

Work of the District

Board members represented the District on both the Water Quality and Agricultural Advisory Committees for Section 208 of the Water Pollution Control Act. The District sponsored a student to the 4-H conservation camp during the year.

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Gregg Lattimer, Eugene Alt, Robert Morauski, Vernon Rogers.

Activities

The District Board was represented on both the Water Quality and Agricultural Advisory Committees for Section 208 of the Water Pollution Control Act. The Board had considerable input into the 208 Plan, which was completed during the year by the Pueblo Regional Planning Commission. The District sponsored a teacher in

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Gregg Lattimer, Eugene Alt, Robert Morauski, Vernon Rogers.

The 208 Plan

The District Supervisors continued to be active in 208 planning this year. The 208 Plan was approved by the Governor.

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Tom Fox, Eugene Alt, Robert Morauski, William Wilcox.

Teamwork

The District helped coordinate an Interagency Personnel Agreement between the Soil Conservation Service, the Colorado State Soil Conservation Board, and the pueblo Regional Planning Commission to get a Soil Conservation Service employee assigned to the 208 planning staff.

District Work

The District called a special meeting for all its cooperators in May. At this meeting, the Board informed them about a State Soil Conservation Board report on the Fountain Creek Watershed. Attendees at the meeting also discussed the plow-out of fragile grasslands and hazardous water disposal. As a result of

Board Members

Board members: Robert Wallace, Tom Fox, Eugene Alt, Robert Morauski, William Wilcox.

Revised Bylaws

The District revised its by-laws.