Conservation is our passion.

Our mission is to conserve Jefferson County’s natural resources by coordinating financial, technical and educational assistance that helps both rural and urban communities implement sustainable solutions. In so doing, the district is authorized to undertake, sponsor, or participate in projects and activities which promote the conservation, development, maintenance and use of the land, water, trees and other renewable natural resources of the district.

Virtual Meetings Due to COVID-19

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a special meeting Tuesday, September 22nd at 6 p.m. EST by videoconference due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have questions about connecting to the videoconference, please contact Geri Johnson at jeffersonswcd@gmail.com.

If you wish to see an agenda in advance of the meeting, please contact our office at jeffersonswcd@gmail.com.

New District Podcast

The Jefferson County SWCD is excited to use this a podcast as a platform to share information about our ever-expanding programming, as well as share stories from local conservationists, farmers, and people who are just as enthusiastic about dirt as we are. New episodes will be uploaded monthly.

Upcoming General Election

Four (4) Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors will be elected in the 2020 general election in November. Since the position is non-partisan, there is not a primary for these positions. Nominating petitions, filing fees, and KREF -001 forms were due on Monday, June 2nd. To be considered a write-in candidate, you must go to the Jefferson County Board of Elections and submit a declaration in person by Friday, October 23rd.

You can request an absentee ballot for the primary election as an alternative to going to the polls. Click on the “Absentee Voting Application Request” button below, select “Medical Emergency (COVID-19)” as your reason, and fill out the rest of the form. Please vote!

Invasive Species Removal Program

The Louisville Urban Invasive Species Removal Program seeks to remove invasive species in a predefined area within Jefferson County. If you live within this area, you can submit an application to receive money to remove invasive species on your property. The Invasive Species Removal Program is made possible through earmarked EQIP funds through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, provides funding that landowners can apply to carry out practices that help address resource problems, such as invasive species. Normally with invasive species, EQIP funds are issued under a three year contract (cut and spray the first year, a follow-up spray the second year, and a follow-up spray the third year). To be eligible for EQIP, you need to secure a farm number and tract number for your land from the USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Shelbyville. Once you have a farm and tract number, you will fill out an EQIP application. Applications are accepted year round, however, funding for the program only occurs once a year. Applications are reviewed and site visits are carried out by NRCS staff to rank applications in areas such as if the area is in a protected zone, if it is addressing a specific problem, etc. 

If you live within the Louisville Urban Invasive Species Removal Program boundaries, you can submit your application for earmarked EQIP funding. If you live outside of the boundaries, you can still apply for general EQIP for invasive removal. For more information about the program or how to secure a farm/tract number, or to receive an application, please email Geri at jeffersonswcd@gmail.com.

Local Food Map

The Conservation District has created an interactive map of community gardens and high tunnels in Louisville Metro. If you have a garden that you would like to submit or want to make a modification to the map, please email urbanagconservationist@gmail.com.