Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District
850 Industrial Rd
Youngstown, Ohio 44509-2955
Phone 330.740.7995, FAX 330.259.1075
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
"The function of the conservation district is to take available technical, financial, and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus them so that they meet the needs of the local land user for conservation of soil, water and related resources." -Pete Nowak
"To provide education and assistance promoting stewardship of natural resources for all generations"
What We Do:
- Conduct surveys, investigations, and research relating to soil erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and management practices needed to conserve and develop soil, water and related natural resources.
- Develop plans for the conservation and development of soil, water and related natural resources.
- Construct, maintain, and own works of improvement for natural resource conservation and development.
- Assist landowners and residents with natural resource conservation and development projects, including providing technical assistance and information and conducting demonstrations.
- Implement agricultural and urban pollution abatement programs.
- Provide educational programs for residents and schools.
The 94th Ohio General Assembly in 1941 authorized formation of Soil conservation districts for the purpose of developing and implementing programs for the conservation of Soil, water and related resources. Between 1942 and 1963, Soil conservation districts were formed in every Ohio county.
SWCDs are legal entities of the State of Ohio and are administered by boards of five supervisors who serve staggered three-year terms.
SWCDs obtain funds from boards of county commissioners, the State of Ohio, and local donations. These funds support staff, offices and equipment necessary to fulfill their responsibilities. Technical, educational, and program development support is received from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Service, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) as well as numerous other local, state and federal agencies.
We receive funds from the Mahoning County general fund provided by the Mahoning County Commissioners and we receive a 75%-90% match of those funds from the State of Ohio through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).