About Us

We believe

Viable communities are ones that balance their economic, social, and environmental needs.

Our Mission

Erie Soil and Water Conservation District is committed to the protection, preservation and restoration of natural resources by providing education, funding opportunities and technical assistance to all land users.

Our History

The Erie Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) became the 84th District in Ohio in 1953, established for the purpose of protecting, preserving, and restoring the natural resources in our area. The District was organized under the State of Ohio, Revised Code 1515, governed by a board of five supervisors, elected by the landowners of Erie County, with each supervisor serving a three-year term.

Erie County, one of nine coastal counties in the State of Ohio, is comprised of approximately 169,000 acres. The main objectives of the District are to minimize or prevent soil erosion, improve the water quality of our rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater supply, and restore or preserve valuable wildlife habitat. This is accomplished through the various programs that promote the wise use of agricultural and urbanizing lands.

Cooperation with the District is on a voluntary basis. Any land user needing our assistance in the effort to address natural resource concerns on their property may contact our office. Along with our partnering agencies, the District’s resolve is to educate, coordinate, and implement the wise use of our natural resources through better land use planning and management.

Funding for the District is provided by the Erie County Commissioners, with additional financial assistance provided by the State of Ohio by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil and Water Conservation & Division of Wildlife, our local partnering Phase II communities, the Friends of Old Woman Creek, and supplemental grants.

Come See Us

Our general office hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. We are a small office and do find ourselves out in the field from time to time requiring us to temporarily close our office.   It’s always great to call ahead, and we apologize for any inconvenience if we are not available.

The Erie Conservation District Board of Supervisors conducts their regular monthly board meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Erie County Services Center, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio. All meetings are open to the public.

* Please contact the office to verify time and location of monthly meetings you are planning to attend.