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Can't Beat Free at the SWCD!


Can't Beat Free at the SWCD Message Toolkit

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Soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are the local hub of natural resources information and assistance for each county. Each one is committed to conservation in both rural and urban settings. We assist farmers to rescue and restore fertile farmland. We educate developers about the need for erosion control. We help landowners to create wildlife habitat on their property. We partner with anyone interested in keeping our communities sustainable and our water clean. Do you have a soil, water or other natural resource concern? Many of our services are offered for free! Find your local SWCD at https://agri.ohio.gov/divisions/soil-and-water-conservation/find-a-local-swcd.



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We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t get something for nothing.” However, Ohio’s 88 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) prove that adage isn’t always true. For more than 75 years, Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been providing a wide range of conservation services to the public for free! Each Ohio county has an SWCD organized around the same political boundary and governed by a locally elected five member Board of Supervisors. Supervisors are volunteers who serve without pay for three year terms. Districts are generally supported by funding from their county commissioners and the state of Ohio. Each SWCD’s mission is based on its local natural resource needs and challenges, which in turn guides its programs.

Here is a sample of what assistance is offered at SWCDs!


  • Erosion control
  • Stormwater management
  • Workshops on a variety of best management practices
  • Backyard conservation
  • Ohio Envirothon
  • Grassed waterways
  • Newsletter
  • Tree seedling and stock Fish sale
  • Educational materials for the classroom
  • Local Agricultural Easement Preservation Program with Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • No-till drill rental program
  • Drainage petitions
  • Drainage maintenance program


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