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, per CT General Statute Sec. 22a-315, to protect the land and water resources and 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.

Our organization is 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 (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We work to identify and remedy soil erosion, sediment control and water conservation concerns to assist the Commissioner of CT DEEP.

Our services include technical assistance and education in:

  • Soil and water conservation
  • Erosion and sedimentation control
  • Stormwater management
  • Water quality protection and watershed management
  • Wetland protection
  • Conservation planning