protecting our Soil & Water resources through conservation & Education

Cory Rayburn

District Supervisor

Cory Rayburn joined the District as an appointed member in July of 2013. Cory brings to the District a diverse knowledge of environmental regulations related to land development.  Cory is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Envision Sustainability Professional (Env SP),  and a Certified trainer for GSWCC E&S courses.  His recent work includes successfully adopting and implementing Green Infrastructure regulations for stormwater management in the City of Atlanta.  Cory graduated from UGA with a B.S. in Environmental Health Science and a B.A. in Anthropology and received a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kennesaw State University.  

District Supervisors

The Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District is comprised of five District Supervisors: 3 elected and 2 appointed. District supervisors are unpaid state officials who work hand-in-hand with the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission, NRCS, and local governments. 

Walter S. Rekuc

District Supervisor

Walter Rekuc is the President of Hillside Development and started the firm in 2002. This firm develops residential and commercial community throughout the metro Atlanta area.    Walter spent over twenty years in construction of residential and commercial properties involving acquisition, entitlement, and development.  Most recently, Walt was Vice President at Eastern Development Group, Jim Cowart Residential, Gwinnett Partners, and Eagle Real Estate Advisors.  At these firms and with his present company, he has developed over 3,200 residential lots, 30 commercial lots, 2 commercial buildings, and 10 recreation facilities within 40 different communities with construction cost for these projects over $300 million dollars, One of the communities Walter developed won the highest honor in the real estate industry from National Association of Home Builders and Professional Builders Magazine for the Best in American Living for Best Community Design, for Developments over 151 Homes, for Rivermoore Park in the City of Suwanee. The Gwinnett County Historic Society awarded one of Walter’s projects the Best Historic Preservation Project in the County. Another project won Exceptional Merit Award for Development Design in the Expansion of a Town Center, presented by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Regional Business Coalition in 2002 for The Villages at Lafayette Park in the City of Fayetteville. He is very active in the Metro Atlanta Communities and serves as Supervisor on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation Commission for 16 years. He is also the Vice Chairman of the City of Milton Board of Zoning Appeals for the past 9 years. He serves as a Board Member of the Gwinnett County Development Advisory Board for the past 11 years and is the Past President of the Georgia Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers. He recently finished 21 years of volunteer service to the March of Dimes and was awarded their Life Time Distinguished Service Award. 
Walter earned his degrees in Civil Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University.  He also worked in the public sector as City Engineer and Director of Public Works for the City of Roswell, Deputy Public Works Director/ Capital Improvement Manager for the City of Sandy Springs and as Senior Engineer for the City of Atlanta. Having worked both in the public and private sectors and through the boards he has served on he has developed relationships that prove invaluable to developing projects and successfully navigating them through the entitlement and regulatory process.

John Spotts


Education: B.S. Biology/Chemistry U.S. Navy: four years 
Ocean Systems Technologies; four technical schools; duty stations in California and Antigua, W.I.
​DeKalb County, GA, Dept. of Public Works; 23 years; Superintendant for all wastewater operations (WQ Lab, Maintenance and Operations for four facilities).
Apyron Technologies, Inc. 14 years; advanced specialty chemical adsorbents; responsible for new venture in India and Bangladesh for major arsenic groundwater issues; chemical production manager for bacterial reduction products.
State of Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission: 19 years; Co-Chairman of the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District (a four year state elected position).
Incorporated industrial wastewater consulting company in 2006; State of Georgia Industrial License. Member in good standing for 19 years: the Buckhead Optimist Club.


Alan Toney


Alan Toney is a fourth generation Atlantan. He is a retired businessman and an avid fly fisherman. As a member of Friends of the River he helped create the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. He was Vice Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Atlanta Development Planning Committee during the implementation of Metropolitan River Protection Act. He has been a Soil and Water Supervisor since 1995 and he believes that protecting the Waters of Georgia is central to promoting smart growth and livability of the Metro Atlanta Area.

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