Organization and History
The Preble Soil & Water conservation district was organized in 1949 by concerned landowners interested in protecting and improving our soil and water resources. This group of landowners petitioned and organized the Preble Soil Conservation District. The District is a legal subdivision of the State of Ohio. In 1963 the word "water" was added to the name of the District because of the increasing importance of water in rural and urban development. Preble SWCD is managed and directed by a board of five elected supervisors. The responsibility of the supervisors is to administer the district program, coordinate the help of government agencies, and to establish sound policies and priorities concerning the work to be accomplished in conservation education and technical assistance on the land. We are proud of the dedication and hard work the supervisors accomplish without pay throughout the years in an effort to make Preble County a "special place" to live.
To work with rural and urban landowners as well as government entities and agencies to ensure water quality and soil protection now and for future generations by strengthening the grass root effort of providing best management practices to all natural resources but especially those of soil and water.
- To work with all entities addressing their issues regarding the protection of soil and water quality on a purely voluntary basis.
- To promote a higher awareness of soil protection and water quality.
- To provide services wherever feasible to promote best management practices of all natural resources.
- To be a resource to area entities providing guidance and information regarding the areas of soil and water.
- To provide technical assistance to landowners installing conservation practices.
- To provide various educational programs for youth and adults to understand their impact on our limited soil and water resources.
- To partner with other entities to bring a unified initiative in protecting our natural resources without duplicating efforts.
- To work as a liaison between county, state and federal agencies offering incentives to residents in promoting conservation practices.
- To seek opportunities increasing funding and incentives providing new avenues to conservation protection.
- To keep informed of changing perspectives and technology concerning the preservation of natural resources