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How We are Governed

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are legal subdivisions of state governments, funded by state, local, and private contributions.  The St. Joseph County SWCD has a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), acting as technical advisor and sharing in resources such as office space and equipment.

The SWCD is governed by a Board of Supervisors, made up of five non-paid St. Joseph County residents. Three are elected and two are appointed by the State Soil Conservation Board (and recommended by the SWCD). Elections are held at the Annual Meeting.  We also have Associate Supervisors. These are volunteers that assist the Board in decision-making, but do not have voting power.

The Board oversees district operations and represents the interest of landowners in the county.  The SWCD Staff is hired by the Board to deliver the services. St. Joseph County currently has three staff members.

Ensuring a Healthy and Productive Environment for Future Generations

We have seen many changes and developments over the past 60 years. We strive to continue to teach, assist, and develop programs to reach the resource requirements for the St. Joseph County community members.

All members of the St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District - Supervisors, Associate Supervisors, Office Staff, and Partnership Staff - share common environmental concerns and are dedicated to utilizing their time and talents to enhance resource conservation programs for St. Joseph County.

Join us at our monthly Board Meetings to learn more about how the St. Joseph County SWCD works!  See our Calendar for dates.  Minutes from previous Board Meetings can be found here: Meetings.

Interested in becoming an Associate Supervisor or an SWCD Volunteer?  Sign up here to get more information! 

Visit the Indiana Conservation Partnership Reports website for Indiana Soil & Water Conservation District success stories and local, state and federal funding source breakdown and definitions for each county.

The St. Joseph County SWCD and its partners are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Read the full Civil Rights Statement here.

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