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About Our District

Our Background

The Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District, one of 97 districts in Illinois, was founded on April 22, 1942. The District is a local unit of government, funded by state and local contributions. It is governed by a 5 - member board of directors. Directors are owners or occupiers of land within the county and are elected locally. The board is assisted by non-voting associate directors, who are also non-paid and appointed by the board.



The District is a member of the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). The district works in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other federal, state and local agencies to protect and conserve our natural resources. They also help educate the citizens of Warren County on conservation and related matters.


The District office is staffed with one full time employee, one part time employee, and share office space with 2 NRCS employees. NRCS and the District work closely together. They  share workload, equipment, and programming. NRCS provides technical support to the District. Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist the District in promoting conservation are welcomed to contact the District. 

We operate under the oversight of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts

"The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD), is a grass roots non-profit organization formed in 1948. It is made up and serves Illinois’ 97 member Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). Illinois SWCDs work to protect Illinois’ greatest assets – the rich, fertile soils and water resources of the state through strategic conservation efforts. SWCDs, working in conjunction with agricultural as well as environmental stakeholders, have for decades over played a central role in efforts to protect and sustain the viability of Illinois’ natural resources for future generations through voluntary conservation efforts. Clean water, healthy soils."

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