Board of Supervisors, History, and Purpose
Lucas SWCD Supervisors
Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors are publicly elected officials by process of the State of Ohio. An election is held each year at the SWCD's Annual Meeting & Banquet (see below), and each Supervisors' term lasts for three years.
January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017:
- Diane DeYonker, Chair
- Stephen Loeffler, Treasurer
- Christine Mayer, Vice-Chair
- Jim Vogelbacher, Secretary
- Tom Schoen, Fiscal Agent
How Did Soil and Water Conservation Districts Come To Be Formed?
Although many soil conservation activities occurred in the United States in the 1920s, it wasn't until the 1930s that actions became serious. On May 12, 1934, the worst dust storm in the nation's history swept eastward from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Ocean, obscuring the sun and depositing obvious films of dust as it moved.
This catastrophic storm served as the catalyst for public outcry and congressional action for soil and water conservation throughout the nation. Read the entire SWCD history.
Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District 50th Anniversary (1964-2014)
The Lucas SWCD was the last district formed in the State of Ohio. Our 50th Anniversary Celebration was held on October 28, 2014 at Langley Hall in Maumee. For the current year's Annual Meeting & Election details, and look for more information in our summer newsletter. Please contact our office to be added to the e-mail or regular mailing list, or for more information at 419-893-1966.
What is our Purpose?
The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District focuses on natural resource problems and solutions. With assistance of many volunteers, they improve the quality of life for every resident of Lucas County. Lucas SWCD helps:
- Implement farm conservation practices that keep soil in the fields and out of waterways. We co-manage the Blue Creek Conservation Area with the Toledo Area Metroparks to demonstrate these practices. We rent conservation tillage equipment to local farmers.
- Conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for wildlife. We worked to provide accurate wetland mapping for the county using a state-of-the-art Geographic Information System or GIS.
- Teach the value of natural resources through classroom presentations, educational field trips, workshops, and materials. School districts who work with us have substantially increased the percent of students passing the science portion of the Sixth Grade Ohio Proficiency Test.
- Protect groundwater resources. With the assistance of volunteers, we are monitoring the level of groundwater in the Oak Openings region of western Lucas County.
- Promote the planting of trees and other land covers to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife, and beautify neighborhoods. Our annual tree sale provides low-cost seedlings and native grass seed to hundreds of local landowners each year (tree sale).
- Provide local conservation leadership and encourage conservation efforts. Our Board and Staff hold offices in multiple local and statewide organizations which promote stewardship of natural resources.