About Us

The District was established in 1943. Authority of the District is given under the Ohio Revised Code Section 940 (previously 1515). We are governed by a Board of five publicly elected Supervisors representing the diversity of resource concerns in the Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District.

The District has worked for more than a half century in partnership on flood control and erosion reduction that helps protect Lancaster and the Hocking River Valley with the Hunter’s Run Conservancy District as well as the Rushcreek Conservancy District protecting Sugar Grove and Bremen.  These flood control structures help protect part of the commercial and industrial engines of our economy by controlling storm water run-off and water quality in our community.

We have always aided Fairfield County residents and agencies with drainage issues and provided guidance.

The District has been involved in assisting county and local governments with erosion and sediment control and compliance with the Ohio EPA’s Phase II requirements since its inception.

We still partner with the United States Department of Agriculture for Farm Bill conservation program practices, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for agriculture and silviculture pollution complaints as per Ohio Revised Code 940.

More information can be found in the Fairfield SWCD Business Plan.

2023 Annual Report

Public Records Request Policy

Auditor of State – Fairfield SWCD Audit Report

Board of Supervisors

The Fairfield SWCD has a five member Board of Supervisors that are elected to three-year terms.  The Board Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center.  The dates for 2024 are as follows:  Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 (immediately following our Annual Meeting), Oct. 3, Nov. 14 & Dec. 12.

Click here for Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes.

Fairfield SWCD has a Board of Supervisors (a total of five) who serve in a volunteer (unpaid) capacity and are expected to attend one board meeting per month along with any other meetings, committees or tasks as needed. Supervisors start January 1 after being elected typically in September or October for a three-year term. Other annual events include the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts conservation partnership meeting in February, Summer Supervisor School in July, and an Area 5 winter meeting in December. Board members are elected by Fairfield County landowners/residents during a 30-day period either beginning or ending at our Annual Meeting/Banquet usually held in September. Those interested must be a Fairfield County resident. Experiences and expertise in such areas as agricultural conservation, urban development, farmland preservation, conservation and environmental education and wildlife. Strong financial and strategic planning, human resources, policy development, and teamwork skills are recommended. The district is responsible for developing programs and policies to address local conservation needs. Supervisors provide leadership and represent the citizens of Fairfield County on a variety of conservation issues. Contact Nikki Drake if interested at 740-415-3924.