The Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Hawai`i (SWCD) have deep roots in our islands.
Since their establishment in 1948, the SWCDs have worked closely with an extensive network of government partners and agencies, educational institutions, community stakeholders and volunteers and have expanded their reach branching out far beyond the traditional focus on soil and water conservation.
Today, these districts are active in watershed planning and flood prevention, reviewing erosion control plans on agricultural land, controlling non-point source pollution, reforestation, wildlife habitat development and maintenance, community outreach, and conservation education. Through their dedication and efforts, the SWCDs have left us their positive imprints on the land.
While much progress has been made, there is still more work to be done. As economic and social conditions continue to change in Hawai`i, the people of the state can count on SWCDs keeping a sharp focus on Hawai`i’s precious natural resources.
History of SWCD in Hawai`i
This video chronicles the history of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Hawai`i – a true teamwork in conservation.
Imprint on the Land: 50 years of Conservation in Hawai`i
Scroll down to read about the history of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Hawaii (1948-1998).