Tidewater RC&D Council loses federal funding

by Bill Nachman - Posted on May 25, 2011 - 05:51 PM

The Tidewater Resource Conservation and Development Council has lost its paid staff because of federal funding cuts.

However, chairman Mo Lynch of Gloucester, said the council is still operating on an all-volunteer basis and should decide within the next few months if it will continue operations.

Pat Tyrrell, who served as RC&D coordinator for 19 years, is no longer with that program, which has offices in Tappahannock. She has been reassigned as soil conservationist for U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Warsaw.

According to Tyrrell the council has accomplished a lot of water quality and water monitoring projects, as well as various contracts such as shoreline work for the U.S. Navy.

Lynch said that plans are for the council to honor its current contracts for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, which involves a shoreline study that will take at least several more months.