What is a Soil and Water Conservation District?
A Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a local government unit that helps the public conserve and protect natural resources. SWCDs were established in the
1930s by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat the
SWCDs provide the following services:
- Information about soil, water, and other natural resource conservation
- Programs to conserve soil resources, prevent soil erosion, and prevent floods
- Technical, financial, and education resources for local land users
- Assistance to farmers, ranchers, and private land users in making the best use of their natural resources
SWCDs develop and implement programs to protect and conserve:
Soil, Water, Prime farmland, Woodland, Wildlife, Urban areas.
SWCDs were established under the SWCD Act. Each county in Indiana has it’s own SWCD.