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 objectives:

  • 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.