The Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program is designed to assist rural areas to better the way of life for all its citizens.  The Western Maryland RC&D Council is dedicated to pursue this effort through the union of its member counties, towns, and soil and water conservation districts and the encouragement of its council members to abide by high ethical standards of performance and act in the best interests of the citizens and sponsors they represent.  Effective participation in the RC&D Program requires that council members be independent, impartial, responsible, and representative of the interests of the entire RC&D area.  In order to ensure that end, this code of ethics is set forth to provide guidance as to the conduct for council and committee members involved in the RC&D Program.

Council Members and Committee Members Will:

  1. Act honestly in discharging their responsibilities and not use their position for personal gain.
  2. Keep the public informed and allow ample opportunity for the public to participate in the decision-making process.
  3. Respect the council members right to privacy and their personal confidence except in matters involving ethical standards, violations of the law, or health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  4. Encourage themembership of minorities, females, and disabled individuals on boards and/or committees and ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect.
  5. Devote the time and effort necessary to ensure the successful functioning of the board or council, as well as participate in and encourage others to participate in activities of the local council, state federation, and the National Association.
  6. Advocate the highest standards of conduct and competence for all who serve in or participate in the RC&D program.
  7. Strive for self-improvement by learning more about the RC&D program through attendance atcouncil, state, and regional association training sessions, full participation in RC&D activities, and accepting positions of leadership.
  8. Avoid conflict of interest or even the appearance of such, but despite such precaution, promptly disclose to the board or council when a matter before it could be perceived to be in conflict with something the member is financially or otherwise involved.
  9. Adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations of federal, state, and local governments.
  10. Refuse gifts of all but minimal value as defined by federal guidelines from organizations and contractors.


Civil Rights Policy

The Western Maryland RC&D Council’s program will be conducted in compliance with the nondiscrimination provisions as contained in Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (Pub. Law 100-259) and other nondiscrimination statues; namely, Section 504, of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and in accordance with the regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture (7CFR-15, Subparts A & B) which provide that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, marital or familial status, political beliefs or disability be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial (or technical) assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture or any agency thereof.

*used with permission of the Finger Lakes RC&D Council, Inc., Bath, NY