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What is a Soil & Water Conservation District?

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. 

Hillsborough County is a county located in the State of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,229,226, making it the fourth-most populous county in Florida. Its county seat and largest city is Tampa.

Population:1.292 million (2013)
Area:1,266 mi²
Unemployment rate:4.8% (Apr 2015)

Contact Information

201 S. Collins St., Suite 202
Plant City, FL 33563

P: (813) 752-1474, x3
F: (813) 759-6530