Our mission is to conserve and assist in the development of all renewable natural resources within the district. 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.

 

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, age, disability or veteran’s status.

About Us

About us . . .

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was organized in 1944 by landowners interested in protecting and improving our county’s most precious renewable natural resources of soil, water woodland and wildlife. The SWCD is a subdivision of the state of Kentucky and is governed by a seven-member, locally elected board. Assistance to the public is provided at no charge through the Jefferson County SWCD. The United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) personnel provide technical assistance to the soil and water conservation district and their clientele through a cooperative agreement.

The board members govern the activities of the SWCD as set forth in Chapter 262 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Our mission is to conserve and assist in the development of all renewable natural resources within the district. 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.

We work towards this mission through the following goals:

  • Reduce soil erosion on private and public lands.
  • Improve water quality in the seven major watersheds of the county.
  • Encourage a hands-on approach to environmental education.
  • Promote the preservation and protection of agricultural land and open space in the county.
  • Secure funding, personnel and equipment needed to support district operations.
  • Develop a public awareness campaign and outreach program that addresses natural resource issues in the county.
  • Promote the participation of private landowners in USDA and state incentive programs for water quality and wildlife management.
  • Support educational programs in the schools and community to improve environmental literacy.
  • Seek and develop partnerships to help accomplish the SWCD goals and objectives.

Staff

The Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors are elected by registered voters in the county and serve without compensation. Board member terms are for a period of four years. The Conservation District board meetings are held monthly at 4233 Bardstown Road, Suite 100-A. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public however seating is limited.

David

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Chair (2015-2018)
David is one of seven members serving on the SWCD board; he was re-elected in November 2014 to serve a second four-year term (Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2018). David owns and operates a 58-acre farm in the Jeffersontown area (Floyds Fork watershed). David’s interests are supporting environmental education programs for school children and teachers and promoting Best Management Practices on agricultural land that addresses and improves water quality.

Larry
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Vice-Chair (2013-2016)
Larry was elected to serve on the SWCD board in the general election of November 2012. Larry owns and operates several farms in the Jeffersontown area (Floyds Fork watershed). He grows soybeans, corn, hay, small grain and beef cattle. Larry is a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board and serves as a member on the Farm Services Agency County Committee. His interest is to insure that the conseration district, natural resources agencies and agricultural organizations provide needed assistance to local farmers.

Robert
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Secretary/Treasurer (2013-2016)
In January 2011, Bob was appointed to the board by the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission to fill an unexpired term. In November 2012, he was elected to serve a full four-year term. Bob resides in the Hurstbourne area (Middle Fork Beargrass Creek watershed), he retired from the USDA-NRCS (formerly the Soil Conservation Service). His interests are promoting wise land use and management, addressing water quality and stormwater runoff issues and seeking additional funding for technical staff.

Robert

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Member (2015-2018)
Ray joined the Board of Supervisors in January 2003. Ray lives in the Lyndon area (Middle Fork Beargrass Creek watershed). He is a former employee of the Ky. Division of Conservation. During his 28 year career, he assisted sixteen different conservation districts and three watershed conservancy districts. His interests are in expanding community outreach programs, promoting environmental education and increasing the awareness and visibility of conservation districts.

Robert
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Member (2013-2016)
Mike was elected to serve a four-year term in November 2012 general election. He resides in the Fisherville area (Floyds Fork watershed). He is a board member of the Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA) and Fisherville Area Neighborhood Association (FANA). His interests are to help improve subdivision guidelines to maintain our rural and agricultural character by keeping our soil, water and related natural resources in the forefront of all development conversations.

Calvin
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Member (2013-2016)
Calvin was also elected to the board in November 2012. Calvin owns and manages several agricultural operations in the Floyds Fork watershed. He currently serves on the Jefferson County Farm Bureau board and is a former member of the Jefferson County Agriculture Development Council. Calvin produces corn, soybeans, hay and also has a beef cattle operation. Calvin has an interest in helping landowners find opportunities to maintain the family farms in Jefferson County. He believes that supporting locally grown crops is vital to sustaining our economy.

Lisa
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Member (2015-2018)
Lisa was elected to the board in November 2014, with her term officially beginning in January 2015. She is a resident of the Irish Hill neighborhood (Beargrass Creek watershed) and has served on the board of the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association since 2001. In 2014, Lisa received the Earth Day Award from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission for developing the Green Institute. Currently, she is Site and Acquisition Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Metro Louisville. She recognizes the importance of soil and water landuse management in the urban areas of Jefferson County and is excited to contribute to decisions made by the supervisors of the SWCD that truly impact the lives of so many folks in our community. Her interests include hiking with her partner and their three dogs, working in her garden and kayaking.

Ward

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Advisor
Ward served as a district supervisor from January 1997 through December 2008 and held the office of Chairman for a majority of those years. Ward resides in the St. Matthews area (Muddy Fork Beargrass Creek watershed). Ward is a professional, environmental engineer and brings an interest in watershed management to the board while serving in an advisory capacity.

Joy
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Administrative Secretary
Joy has been an employee of the conservation district since April 1982. Her responsibilities are to provide administrative support to the Board of Supervisors and USDA-NRCS staff. In addition to daily office operations, she also assists with coordinating and promoting conservation education programs, environmental grants and the state cost share program.

Kurt
, District Conservationist
Kurt is employed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has been serving the Louisville Field Office since November 1980. Kurt is responsible for managing the operations and programs of the USDA-NRCS by providing professional service and technical assistance to private landowners, governmental entities and local organizations within the boundaries of the Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt County Conservation Districts.

Kimberly
, Field Representative
Kimberly is a Field Representative with the Kentucky Division of Conservation; where she has been employed for 11 years. Kimberly serves as an advisor to conservation district boards in 13 central Kentucky counties giving consultation on legislative, fiscal and other related conservation issues. She is also responsible for providing daily assistance, as needed, to the Administrative Secretaries in all 13 soil and water conservation district offices.

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, Urban Agriculture Conservationist
Lilias is the conservation district’s first Urban Agriculture Conservationist. She is working to connect residents of Jefferson County to urban ariculture and local food production by helping them understand their soil resources and to manage those resources for sustainable production. Lilias sees gardening education as a means to reconnect urban residents to agricultural practices and the importance of Kentucky’s farmland and family farmers. She resides in the Schnitzelberg neighborhood where she tends an orchard and apiary with her partner.

Contact Us

Address:
Chrysler Bldg., Suite 100-A
4233 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40218-3280
Phone: (502) 499-1900   Fax: (855) 770-3755

Name Title Cell Phone E-Mail
Kurt D. Mason District Conservationist 502.643.4692 Kurt.Mason@ky.usda.gov
Joy S. Edwards Administrative Secretary Joy.Edwards@ky.nacdnet.net

 

Map & Directions:

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From I-64 (Lexington), take I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) south exit.
Exit I-265 on to Bardstown Rd. Go north on Bardstown Road approx. 4.5
miles. Office is in a white 3 story building (Chrysler Professional Building) on the right.

From I-65 (Bowling Green), take I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) east
exit. Exit I-265 onto Bardstown Rd. Go north on Bardstown Road
approx. 4.5 miles. Office is in a white 3 story building (Chrysler Building) on the right.

From downtown Louisville, take I-65 south. Exit I-264 (Watterson Expressway) east. Go east on I-264 and exit Bardstown Road. Go south approximately 3miles. Office is in a white 3 story building (Chrysler Professional Building) on the left.

Programs

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District provides conservation resources to all residents of Jefferson County, Kentucky, especially agriculture lands.

Our programs include:

Technical Assistance
Financial Incentives
Urban Agriculture Education

 

Urban Agriculture

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Technical Assistance

Soil Erosion  Assistance is available to address soil erosion problems on cropland, pastureland and urban land uses.
Pond Design Property owners can request assistance for site selection, design and construction of ponds and small lakes.
Butterfly Garden  Assistance is provided to schools and community groups in the development of outdoor learning centers.
Homeowner Assistance  Homeowners can request assistance with their problems ranging from drainage to establishing vegetation.
Urban Soils  Assistance with textural analysis of soils is available to urban as well as rural land users.
Conservation Planning  Professional planners are available to assist landowners in developing alternatives for proper land use.
Farmland Preservation  Guidance and direction is provided to those seeking ways to protect prime farmland and open spaces.
Wildlife Planting  Property owners can request assistance to develop or improve wildlife habitats on their property.

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