The August Wayne SWCD Board Meeting will be Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be in the SWCD Office located in the lower level of the County Administration Building.

* Our office is now open to the public! *

2021 Wayne County Plat Books are now on sale in our office!!

Only $25.00!!

Stop in and get yours today!!

We'd like your input for a litter cleanup and a catch basin stenciling day! Go to the News & Events and/or the Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Programs page to see more details!

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District is organizing a Montana Drought Relief fund to help with the devastating effects of the 2021 drought. It's pretty cool and interesting so check out their flyer below!

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 development 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.

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 web page on ODA's site

The Dust Bowl of the 1930's

Photo credit: NOAA Photo Library



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.