Five years of drought during the 1930s, combined with poor farming practices, caused most of the top soil in the Nation's midsection to be lost through wind erosion and resulted in the national disaster known as the “Dust Bowl”. A huge cloud of dust blackened Washington, D. C., prompting government officials to create the Soil Conservation Service, eventually assisting states and local governments to create local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD)’s major function is to analyze natural resource needs and provide technical services to design and implement programs to solve soil and water conservation problems. District staff work closely with state extension and federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to provide a science-based approach to these areas of agricultural production. Although landowners pay for implementation of Best Management Practices, the technical services provided by the District are without cost.
The District is administered by a Board of Supervisors, who serve three-year terms, donating their time to set policy and conduct MSCD business. Board meetings are held the second Friday of each month. The MSCD office is home to six staff members; a district manager, administrative assistant, two technicians, a planner, and an equine resource conservationist, as well as three NRCS staff members to help local agriculture producers.
There are more than 3,000 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the United States. For more information on SWCDs, visit the National Association of Conservation Districts.