Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were originally organized, for the most part, within county boundaries by landowner petition based on a need for soil and water conservation and in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare. A close partnership exists between the SWCD and USDA/NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation District). Their mutual conservation programs benefit everybody; and yet, SWCD's do not levy taxes on county residents; there are no fees to users of district services; and SWCD's do not have regulatory authority - all participation in conservation district programs is voluntary. A memorandum of understanding is the basis for cooperation and assistance between districts and USDA/NRCS to achieve "the common objective of helping to bring about the use of each acre off agricultural and other land within the limits of its capabilities and the treatment of each acre in accordance with its needs for protection and improvement. Serves conservation needs at a county level and works in partnership with the federal government.
The Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District was organized August 5, 1946 by the people of Hillsborough County. The purpose of the District is to provide a local grass roots mechanism to deal with soil, water, and other natural resource problems and in preventing problems in Hillsborough County.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) administers the soil and water conservation programs assigned to it by the Legislature under the Soil and Water Conservation Law, Chapter 582, Florida Statutes.
Pursuant to Chapter 582, F.S., the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District (HSWCD) has the authority to enter into agreements to furnish financial or other aid to any agency, government, or any owner or occupier of lands, to carry out conservation, development, and utilization of soil and water resources in accordance with state law.
Get started: Anyone can be a conservationist
We believe that everyone is able to contribute to Hillsborough's natural resource protection efforts in some small way. To help you get started, all members of the public are welcome to attend any events hosted by the District.