You are here

Texas Soil And Water Conservation Districts

Notice:  If you were directed to this page via link within a People's World article (, please note that soil and water conservation districts have no role in regulating water usage in Texas.  This agency has requested that the author of the article remove the reference and the link.


About SWCDs

Follow the link below to find out more about what SWCDs are and what their role is in the conservation of natural resources in Texas. Learn more about the structure and role of SWCDs.

What SWCD are you in?

Visit our SWCD Locator Map to find out what SWCD you or your property is located within. This map also links to information on each SWCD so you can find more information about an SWCD's meeting time and its current board of directors.

History of SWCDs in Texas

In the 1930's our country experienced some of the worst dust storms recorded in history. Protection of topsoil became a priority and as a result, soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) were formed so landowners could work together at the local level to solve this major problem.

Read the Evolution Of The Soil And Water Conservation District Program In Texas (PDF) for a chronology of the events that started the SWCD program in Texas.

Texas Soil and Water Conservation District Directors Annual Meeting

It is an annual meeting that provides Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Directors, SWCD employees and others the opportunity to examine issues relevant to the conservation of state's natural resources. Speakers from the local, state, and national level will address attendees concerning a wide variety of agricultural and conservation topics.  Click here for the latest information on this year's meeting

About the ATSWCD

The Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts is a non-profit organization of SWCDs in Texas.

Resources for SWCDs

The SWCD resources page contains documents, forms and other items that may be useful to Texas SWCDs in conducting their daily business operations.

Note On Viewing Portable Document Format (PDF) documents

To view the PDF document listed on this page you will need to have Adobe Acrobat® Reader installed on your computer. The software is available as a free download from the Adobe website.