Wayne County

Soil and Water Conservation District

The Wayne SWCD is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Each one of Ohio's 88 counties has a local office. The Wayne SWCD was established by local election of the populace in 1947.

MISSION: The mission of the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District is to protect, restore, enhance, and promote the wise use of natural resources. This will be achieved through the developement of projects, technical assistance, education of the public, the cooperation of landowners/users, and through coordination with our partner agencies.


VISION: The Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District goal is to be recognized as a leader in promoting responsible stewardship and conservation of natural resources by providing education, technical assistance and the implementation of best management practices with friendly public service and a strong healthy working partnership with USDA/NRCS and our local agencies

Notice: Effective January, 1 2016, and in accordance with Amended Substitute HB # 64 of the 131st General Assembly


  • All programs and staff related to soil and water conservation have been moved to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as the New Division of Soil and Water Conservation.
  • Visit the new Division of SWCD's webpage on ODA's site

The public is invited to attend our Board Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, at 8:30 a.m. in our office.

Our office is located in the County Administration Building in the lower level.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Wayne SWCD

428 W. Liberty Street

Wooster, Ohio 44691

330-262-2836

E-Mail: info@wayneswcd.org

The Dust Bowl of the 1930's.

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It was the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, a time when drought choked the Great Plains stretching across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado. Soil from America's breadbasket filled the skies. Sometimes a single dust storm lingered for days.

The storms were the result of drought and poor agricultural practices. Grasslands, which held soil in place, had been plowed and replanted with wheat. With rain, the crop was abundant. But when drought struck in the 1930s, farmers continued to plow and plant. With no ground cover remaining, the winds whipped the soil skyward.


In 1941, the 94th Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 646, authorizing the formation of soil and water conservation districts to develop and implement programs to conserve soil, water and related programs. Between 1942 and 1963, soil conservation districts were formed in every county in Ohio.