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.

Check out the July 2016-June 2017 Annual Report to get an overview of what the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District does!

Hugh 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.

Blacks Run/Cooks Creek TMDL Meeting

  •  A community meeting to present a water quality study (formally known as a Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL) will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Rockingham County Administration Building (20 East Gay Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia).
  • During the meeting on November 15th, the draft plan will be presented to the communityThis meeting will kick off a 30-day public comment period extending from November 16, 2017 to December 15, 2017 during which community members can offer suggested changes to the study.  For additional information or to submit comments, contact Nesha McRae, at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Valley Regional Office, P.O. Box 3000, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801, by phone (540) 574-7850 or by email

Septic System Repair Funding Available for Rockingham County Residents!

  • Having issues with your septic system? The Shenandoah Valley can provide you with funding to fix problems with your failing septic system!

Rain Barrel Workshop-Harrisonburg

  • The SVSWCD is conducting a rain barrel workshop on May 3, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Lucy Sims Center!

Rain Barrels

  • The SVSWCD is currently selling pre-made rain barrels!

Pure Water Forum Small Grant Opportunities