Our mission is, "to coordinate and facilitate partners and governmental agencies in identifying and implementing projects and practices with cultural sensitivity to assure the protection of Hawaii’s environment. "
What do we do?
The districts are active in a wide variety of water conservation plans and activities. This includes watershed planning, flood prevention, erosion control plan reviews on agricultural land, control of non point source pollution, wildlife habitat preservation, conservation education, and youth work.
Individual districts work very closely with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which fall under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For a full list of our partners, check out Our Partners page.
Who are we?
The Soil and Water Conservation Districts are self governing sub-units of state government, with administrative and financial support provided by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). There are 16 total districts in Hawaii, and 3 in Honolulu County, organized by the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts (HACD).
Each board is lead by a board of five directors, who are elected and appointed, as volunteers to manage each district. The Honolulu County, Oahu SWCD consists of three districts: South, West, and Windward. You can find you district by contacting your SWCD conservation specialist.