About the Southwest Conservation District
The Southwest Conservation District is a non-profit conservation agency established in 1946. We work with other public and private agencies, as specified under Public Act 74-325, for the protection of land and water resources to improve the quality of life for all in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Our project work is financed by individual, municipal, and corporate contributions, as well as private foundations and federal/state grants. We also fund conservation activities through our Earth Day tree and shrub seedling sale and other fundraising efforts.
We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by an executive director, full time environmental analyst/natural resources conservationist (when funding allows) and field volunteers and interns. We work in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. We identify and remedy soil erosion, sediment control and water conservation concerns to assist the Commissioner of CT DEEP.