The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District’s Mission is to Promote Stewardship and Conservation of our Natural Resources
The Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District was founded in 1940 and is one of the 47 Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District serves Rockingham and Page counties as well as the city of Harrisonburg. There are a variety of conservation programs available to farmers, businesses, and landowners.
These conservation programs provide both technical and financial assistance for the installation of best management practices that can have a direct benefit to soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources as well as to you and your production. Funding is provided by local, state, and federal sources. Conservation programs are carried out by district staff and are governed by the Board of Directors. There are monthly board meetings that are open to the public.
Want to learn more about the District will be doing over the next few years? Read our Strategic Plan. Also – check out the July 2017-June 2018 Annual Report to get an overview of what the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District did last year!
Congratulations to Harleigh Cupp, a local student, for taking the Youth winning photo in the 2018 Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) Photo Contest! Check out this beautiful shot!
Interesting Articles & Videos:
“Past, Present and Future of Conservation Districts” Video
Watch this short 10 minute video about Conservation Districts and what we do!
“Backyard Environmental Education”
Check out this article.. It’s great for young students who are passionate about learning more about our environment!
Hammond Bennett Documentary
Watch the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) documentary on soil conservation pioneer Hugh Hammond Bennett, the history of our agency and the birth of the private lands conservation movement in the U.S.
- Having issues with your septic system? The Shenandoah Valley can provide you with funding to fix problems with your failing septic system!
- The SVSWCD is currently selling pre-made rain barrels!