Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District

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About the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District

The Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed in 1946 following the creation of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act of 1937 in which the Illinois legislature compiled ILL. Statutes, Ch. 70, Par. 405/1 seq.


In this Act the General Assembly declared it to be in the public interest to provide (a) for the conservation of the soil, soil resources, water and water resources of this State, (b) for the control and prevention of soil erosion, (c) for the prevention of air and water pollution, and (d) for the prevention of erosion, floodwater and sediment damages, and thereby to conserve natural resources, control floods, prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs, assist in maintaining the navigability of rivers and harbors, conserve wild life and forests, protect the tax base, protect public lands, and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of this State.


For the past 66 years the Mercer County SWCD has conducted a wide array of educational programs, planning session, field days and demonstration plots for the promotion of conservation within the county.  The District has assisted the Natural Resources Conservation Service in conservation farm planning, Field layout, design and certification of conservation practices assisting landowners in maintaining their resource base.  The SWCD has provided cost share programing through the Illinois Department of Agriculture to offset construction and installation costs of conservation practices.  The SWCD is a member of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the National Association of Conservation Districts which provide grass roots delivery of concerns and legislative activity representing the citizens of Mercer County on the State and National level.  These along with other efforts make up what the Mercer County SWCD is about.


The Mercer County SWCD Board has it's regularly scheduled meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month unless otherwise posted in the District office 48 hours prior to the meeting.  The starting time is 8:00 a.m.


We look forward to assisting you in any way that we can.  Please feel free to call (309)582-5153 ext 3 or stop by our office any time to meet us and seek out any information that might help in sustaining your natural resources.