In Indiana, there is a district office in each of the 92 counties. The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was formed under public referendum in 1949 as a subunit of state government responsible for soil and water conservation programs within its county boundaries. The district provides a means for all interested people in a county to work together for natural resource conservation and development. It is funded through a variety of sources including county and state appropriations, money-making activities, grants, and private donations.
The official governing body of the SWCD consists of five supervisors. Three are elected (one each year for a three-year term) at an annual meeting of land occupiers held in February. Two are appointed (also staggered three-year terms) by the State Soil Conservation Board based upon recommendations of the leadership in the district. Thus, the selection of all five supervisors is based on input from the local people they serve.
Identifying local resource concerns and addressing the needs of the community is a priority for the Jefferson County SWCD. This is accomplished by conducting community meetings with the residents who best know the natural resource problems. After priorities are established, the district looks for ways in which to address the problems. This may involve developing educational programs or applying for funding to implement conservation practices on private lands.
The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District is committed to providing information about soil, water and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.
• The district is respected for putting people with questions and concerns about soil, water, and related natural resource issues in touch with people with answers and solutions.
• The district is recognized as the local hub that connects land users to educational, financial, and technical assistance for applying conservation practices and best management technologies to address soil and water quality problems.
• Local citizens recognize the district as a key leader in soil and water quality improvements.