The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve the natural resources and environment in Lorain County.


Agricultural Center
42110 Russia Road
Elyria, OH 44035-6813
Phone: 440.326.5800
FAX: 440.326.5807

About the Lorain SWCD

Vision Statement

The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District will be the primary source of technical information for anyone desiring knowledge of conservation issues pertaining to land use, soil and water.

History of the Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District

In February 1937, individual state legislatures considered language to establish an invocative idea — the formation of soil conservation districts. These conservation districts would stand independently and be administered locally. Within the same year 22 states passed enabling legislation.

In 1941, the 94th Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 646, authorizing the formation of soil and water conservation districts to develop and implement programs to conserve soil, water and related programs. Between 1942 and 1963, soil conservation districts were formed in every county in Ohio. The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District was established on July 24, 1948 and incorporated March 10, 1949.

Organization and Support of a Soil & Water Conservation District

SWCD’s are legal entities of the State of Ohio and are administered by a board of five supervisors who serve three-year staggered terms. Funds are obtained from the local Board of County Commissioners and the State of Ohio, to support staff, office space and equipment. Technical, educational and program development support is provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and The OSU Extension Service.

Non-Discrimination Statements (9/07)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


August 16, 2017