Crawford Soil & Water Conservation District
3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419)-562-8280


    Our mission is to encourage and assist the people of Crawford County in making decisions for the wise use of our natural resources to provide a quality environment for all.

Conservation Districts are locally organized self-governing bodies chartered by the State. Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners (and other stake holders), the District works to conserve land, water, forest, wildlife and other related resources for the benefit of all.

Water Quality Program Offered for Three Impaired Ohio Watersheds

Applications from farmers and forest owners located in these watersheds due by March 15, 2019

COLUMBUS, OH, Feb. 13, 2019 — For the eighth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer an opportunity for agricultural producers in three Ohio watersheds to apply for assistance to install conservation practices that protect water quality through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). 

NRCS conservation professionals will provide one-on-one personalized advice to help farmers determine which conservation actions will provide the best results to address a broad range of natural resource concerns, including water quality. To help install these conservation practices, NRCS will provide financial assistance to approved applicants through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Conservation actions include practices that promote soil health, reduce erosion, and lessen nutrient runoff, such as cover crops, reduced tillage, and nutrient management; waste management systems that treat agricultural waste and livestock manure; and wetland restoration that increases wildlife habitat, mitigates flooding, and improves water quality. These practices not only benefit natural resources, but enhance agricultural productivity and profitability by improving soil health and optimizing the use of agricultural inputs.

“Watershed studies have shown that targeting conservation on vulnerable acres leads to greater water quality improvements,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “This latest investment focuses on small watersheds where we have opportunities to work with partners and farmers to accelerate conservation efforts and deliver real results for communities downstream.”

NRCS works closely with conservation partners and State water quality agencies to select watersheds where on-farm conservation can deliver the greatest benefits for clean water.  Ohio has selected the following three watersheds where on-farm conservation investments have the best chance to address resource concerns and improve water quality. 


        Brandywine Creek-Broken Sword Creek Watershed (Crawford County) 

        Fivemile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River Watershed (Clermont and Brown Counties) 

        East Branch South Fork Sugar Creek Watershed (Tuscarawas and Holmes Counties)


NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year.  The NWQI application deadline is March 15, 2019.

To learn more about the NWQI or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or visit your local USDA Service Center.  

Crawford SWCD Tree Sale

Deadline for ordering is March 29th. Seedlings will be available for pick up at the       SWCD office April 10th from 3:00-6:00 P.M. and                                                      April 11th from 7:30 A.M - 6:00 P.M.

Click below for a PDF Printable:

Tree Sale Order Form                    Tree Sale Descriptions

Crawford SWCD Fish Fingerling Sale

Deadline for ordering is Thursday April 25th. Fish will be available for pick up at the    SWCD office April 26th from 2:00-3:00 P.M.

Click below for a PDF Printable Order Form:

Fish Fingerling Sale Order Form