Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District
Helping People and Communities Care for Land and Water
A national disaster in the
1930s known as the "Great Dust Bowl" resulted from five years of
draught in the Great Plains states. This tragedy was made worse by poor farming practices
that caused most of the top soil in the Nation's midsection to be lost
through wind erosion. Thousands of farming families lost their
livelihoods. The Federal government realized the importance of
soil to the nation's economic security, and created the Soil
Conservation Service, eventually assisting states and local governments
to create local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Under the authority of the Ohio Conservation District Law in 1949, local farmers organized The Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
The District is administered by a Board of Supervisors who are elected by the landowners and residents in Montgomery County. They serve three year terms, donating their time to set policy and conduct other District business. Board meetings at Montgomery SWCD are held the first Wednesday of each month. The District has six staff memebers. They consist of a Director, an Administrative Assistant, three Technicians, and an Education/Information Specialist.
Montgomery SWCD operations are financed primarily through the County Board of Commissioners and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Incidental income is raised from donations and the annual spring Plant Sale.
The District is a member of what is called The Conservation Partnership; it involves cooperative, ongoing working relationships with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), ODNR Division of Soil and Water Conservation (DSWC), and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD). The NRCS District Conservationist assists District Technicians in engineering standards compliance as well as working to implement cost share programs in agricultural settings.
There are more than 3000 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the United States. For more information on SWCDs, visit the National Association of Conservation Districts.
The Districtís major function is to analyze natural resource needs and provide technical services to design and implement a program to solve soil and water conservation problems. Although landowners pay for implementation of Best Management Practices, the technical services provided by the District are without cost.