LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An agency in local government has abolished itself, because its directors realized: it had nothing to do. So, the Lee Soil and Water Conservation District has gone out of existence after more than 60 years.
The district was formed in the 1940s, after President Franklin Roosevelt urged counties to create these districts to teach farmers good conservation techniques. That was a response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, in which poor land and water management contributed to loss of farmable land in the Midwest during a severe drought.
The Florida agriculture commissioner signed a document recently, to dissolve the Lee County district.
Some taxpayers are glad to see the agency gone.
"My question is: if they had nothing to do, why were they in existence in recent years in the first place?" asked one Lee County homeowner.
Others admitted, they had never heard of the agency before.
Despite what happened in Lee County, many other Florida counties still have soil and water districts, and so do counties in other states around America.