About the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District
The mission of the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District is to support a comprehensive natural resource program for county residents and landowners by implementing projects and programs that will preserve, protect and enhance the wise use of the county’s soil, water and related resources.
The Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District was established on January 8, 1946. The first District Board Members were:
George Higby Grange Representative
Joseph Martin Member At Large
Richard Rohr Farm Bureau
Miller Staring Board of Supervisors
Clinton Farney Board of Supervisors
Initially, the District's purpose was to improve and increase the amount of land in agricultural production. Over time, the District changed its focus to an emphasis on drainage and water management. It wasn't until 1977 that the first District Technician was hired.
As the District has grown, its programs and services have as well. We now offer a variety of services including Annual Programs and Educational Events. Although each of the 58 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in New York State are slightly tailored to their own County’s needs, we all work diligently to implement the NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee’s Mission Statement.