The Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed on
June 15, 1945, in accordance with Chapter 29, Revised Statutes 1944, of
the Laws of the State of Maine. A board of supervisors carries out the
District’s programs. Two members are appointed by the
Maine Association of
Conservation Districts Advisory Council and three are elected by the
residents of the District. The laws of the District are based on the
principle that landowners and operators should take the initiative and
responsibility in creating programs that will protect and improve
resources that have a direct and immediate bearing on the people.
We work with many partners to provide conservation assistance to the
public. Our primary partner is the United States Department of
Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Through this
partnership, NRCS provides the District with a strong technical
background. We also work with many other federal, state and local
The District reaches out to all local stakeholders in the community to
determine priorities and set a course of action to solve natural resource
problems. We provide local conservation leadership, teach the value of
natural resources, encourage conservation efforts, and help plan and
implement voluntary programs.
Benefits of District Programs
- Local solutions to local problems
- Hands on training.
- Direct technical assistance to the community.
- Conservation education.
- Voluntary, cooperative approach to resource conservation.
- Local leadership.
- Promote understanding of the value of natural resources.
- Protection of drinking water supplies.
- Protection of property values.
- Bring in outside funding to be spent locally.
- Provide technical assistance for community projects.
- Help maintain farm productivity, values and profitability while
protecting the environment.
- Improved quality of natural resources.
- Through the District’s Sponsorship of the Kenduskeag Stream
Watershed Program (PL-566) we have provided over $1,000,000 in
cost-share assistance, which translates to well over $2,000,000 in
conservation practices being installed.
- We host and coordinate the Central Maine Regional Envirothon every
three years. The Envirothon is a competition that tests high school
students’ knowledge of natural resource issues.
- We provide advisory services to residents and municipalities on such
matters as soil testing, fertility management on lawns, recreational and
farm fields, and erosion control measures at construction sites and on
shore frontage. We also provide soil maps, soils information, flood
control area maps, aerial photography and much more.
- Our Education Program provides lesson plans and materials to
schools, teachers and home schooled families throughout the county. We
are also available for presentations to schools and civic groups.
The District coordinates annual plant sales in the spring and fall. We
focus on plants that promote Backyard Conservation.
- Through our partnership with the USDA we are also able to provide
cost-share assistance to landowners through many Farm Bill Programs.
If you have any conservation or natural resource issues please contact
us, we can help!