Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District

What is the Montgomery SWCD?

Sycamore Conservation Education Demonstration Farm

The Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) connects the residents, businesses, governments and agriculture of Montgomery County, Ohio, with education, best management practices, and technical leadership on water quality, water management, conservation, and wildlife habitat.

We are the community’s natural resource stewards for a livable community today and tomorrow. The Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio. We are located at 10025 Amity Road, Brookville, Ohio 45309.

SWCDs are locally led entities that provide nonregulatory conservation direction. SWCDs have a responsibility to conserve soil, water and related resources by working with landowners at a local level to decrease soil erosion and improve water quality.

Why were SWCD’s Started?

Severe water erosion on a farm during the dust bowl, NRCS photo

A national disaster in the 1930s known as the "Great Dust Bowl" resulted from over five years of drought in the Great Plains states. This tragedy was made worse by poor farming practices that caused most of the top soil in the Nation's midsection to be lost through wind erosion. Thousands of farming families lost their livelihoods.

The Federal government realized the importance of soil to the nation's economic security, and created the Soil Conservation Service, (which became the Natural Resource Conservation Service, or NRCS) eventually assisting states and local governments to create local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Under the authority of the Ohio Conservation District Law in 1949, local farmers organized The Montgomery SWCD.

Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors

The Montgomery SWCD is administered by an elected Board of Supervisors. Annual elections are held each fall, with all landowners and residents of Montgomery County over 18 years of age eligible to vote.

Board members serve three year terms, donating their time to set policy and conduct other District business. Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month.

Pictured left to right are: Duane Plessinger (Publicity), Dr. Mark Judy (Vice Chairperson), Bill Meyer (Chairperson), Fred Glander (Secretary), and Bruce Flora (Fiscal Agent).

Staff

The Montgomery SWCD staff consists of Administrative, Technical and Education personnel.

Additionally, partnering agencies including the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, ODNR Division of Wildlife, and Pheasants Forever have staff based in our office.

Montgomery SWCD Staff

Cynthia Berk

Cynthia Berk

Office Assistant

o: (937) 248-0528
c: (937) 479-3487

Stefan Bridenbaugh

Stefan Bridenbaugh

Water Management Technician

o: (937) 248-0518
c: (937) 313-3231

Holly Buchanan

Holly Buchanan

Administrative Assistant

o: (937) 248-0519
c: (937) 272-0746

Ed Everman

Ed Everman

District Director

o: (937) 248-0516
c: (937) 470-9448

Jesse Foley

Jesse Foley

Technician Intern

o: (937) 248-0519

Jeremy Huggler

Jeremy Huggler

Water Quality Technician

o: (937) 248-0520
c: (937) 313-3039

Kristen Lauer

Kristen Lauer

Education/Information Specialist

o: (937) 248-0521
c: (937) 248-3563

Nick Wheeler

Nick Wheeler

Storm Water Technician

o: (937) 248-0517
c: (937) 681-0151

Partner Staff

Jeff Barnes

Jeff Barnes

USDA NRCS District Conservationist

o: (937) 248-0515

Karen McCalister

Karen McCalister

USDA NRCS Resource Conservationist

o: (937) 248-0522

Nathan Weber

Nathan Weber

USDA NRCS Wetland Team Leader

o: (937) 248-0525
c: (937) 836-5429

Renee Buck

Renee Buck

Pheasants Forever, Inc. Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist

c: (937) 578-8264

Liz Cline

Liz Cline

ODA Area IV Program Specialist

o: (937) 248-0527
c: (614) 361-8579

John Kaiser

John Kaiser

ODNR Div. of Wildlife Assistant Wildlife Mgt. Supervisor

c: (937) 203-7511

Montgomery SWCD

10025 Amity Road
Brookville, Ohio 45309

Phone: (937) 854-7645

Email: MontgomerySWCD@mcohio.org

Hours: Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM