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.
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.
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).
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.
10025 Amity Road
Brookville, Ohio 45309
Phone: (937) 854-7645
Hours: Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM