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 natural resources of the district.
Virtual Meetings Due
The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a special meeting Tuesday, February 16th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to see an agenda in advance of the meeting, please contact our office at email@example.com.
Rain Barrel Fall Order
Since we were unable to offer our rain barrel classes due to COVID, we are offering more discounted Rain Recycle Kits, which includes a rain barrel kit and barrel, this fall. Kits are $30 and are limited to one per household. Orders must be placed by November 20th.
Click on link below for more information about the discount rain barrel and kits and to reserve your kit. Hurry! We sell out fast!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.