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Soil & Water
Conservation District

Our Mission

The diverse scope of expertise and knowledge of the District has rendered the department an asset to the County’s goal to protect and preserve natural resources. The District’s dedication has been established by increased assistance provided to the agricultural community, private landowners and municipalities and by the many partnerships we established with various local, county, state and federal governmental agencies.

Agriculture in the Classroom Grant Opportunity

During the 1930s, the Midwest experienced an environmental disaster known as the Dust Bowl. Due to a long drought and lack of a cover crop, topsoil from farmland was eroded by wind and lifted into huge dust clouds, which traveled thousands of miles. This event prompted Congress to pass legislation declaring soil and water conservation a national priority. In 1937, President Roosevelt requested that all states provide the opportunity for local governments to establish Soil and Water Conservation Districts stating that their responsibilities would be to assist in the prevention of soil erosion and flood control. In 1940, New York State adopted the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law and consequently, in 1964 Suffolk County Legislators declared the county, a Soil and Water Conservation District.

As such, resolution 245-1964 established the Soil and Water Conservation District in accordance with the provisions of the Soil and Water Conservation District Law of New York, Chapter 727, Laws of 1940. The law directs Districts to conserve soil and water resources, control sediment and erosion, reduce floodwater, preserve natural resources, assist in the drainage and irrigation of agricultural lands, preserve wildlife and protect public lands. In 1975 the State passed an amendment to the Law, which requires the District to develop a conservation plan for all farms over twenty-five acres. Another amendment in 1989 was added directing Districts to improve water quality and to control and abate nonpoint source pollution.

A Board of Directors, whose members are appointed by the County Legislature, governs the District. The type of member and the length of term are dictated in the Soil and Water Conservation District Law. District Directors decide activities of the District and are responsible for its operational management.


Inventory & Evaluations

Site Plan and Subdivision Reviews, Shoreline and Bluff Erosion Control


MAPS: Aerials, Soil, Topographic, and Wetland, Soils Information, Soil Erosion and Drainage

Technical Assistance

Agricultural Irrigation, Agricultural Engineering Practices, Technical Assistance, Agronomic Practices, Nonpoint Source Pollution Control, NYSDEC Erosion & Sediment Controlc Training, LINPI, Invasive Species, Native Plants

Conservation Planning

Agricultural Value Assessment, Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Plans, USDA Conservation Programs, Ponds and Wildlife Watering Facilities

2019 SWCD Board of Director's Meeting Schedule

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SWCD Board of Director's Transcribed Minutes

January 9, 2019

In The News

21st Annual Long Island Regional Envirothon

  • 13 February 2019
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2019 Long Island Regional Envirothon to be held on April 30, 2019 at the Old Beth Page Village Restoration, Bethpage, NY

Brookhaven goes green with native plants at town hall

Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine has long promised to turn the town green

  • 16 August 2017
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Meeting Schedule

District Board Meeting

  • 3/14/2019 4:00 PM
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District Board Meeting

  • 4/11/2019 4:00 PM
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District Board Meeting

  • 5/9/2019 4:00 PM
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District Board Meeting

  • 6/13/2019 4:00 PM
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District Board Meeting

  • 7/11/2019 4:00 PM
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Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901