Welcome to Osceola County
Soil and Water Conservation District

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About YOUR County SWCD

Our Purpose

The mission of the Osceola Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD) is to provide the administration of programs to conserve soil and improve water quality and quantity on private lands in Osceola County.

Staff Members

Jacqueline Henry
Supervisor, Seat 1
6590 Bay Shore Drive
St. Cloud, FL 34771
Term: 2015 – 2019
henry.jackie50@yahoo.comConstance M. Simon
Chairman, Seat 2
3165 Hanging Moss Circle
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Term: 2013 – 2017
simnszz@aol.comVacant

Board

Seat 3
Mildred Ramirez
Vice-Chair, Seat 4
2134 Marisol Loop
Kissimmee, FL 34743
Term: 2013 – 2017
ramirez.milly@yahoo.comDeborah Livingston
Secretary/Treasurer, Seat 5
901 Waterside Lane #209
Celebration, FL 34747
Term: 2015 – 2019
dlivingto@yahoo.com

What We Do

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Osceola Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was established October 9, 1950 under Florida Statutes 582 by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of the County’s soil, water and related natural resources. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Osceola County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Osceola Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, convert irrigation systems and inform the public about conservation problems.

A Code of Ethics has been adopted by the district.  For Code of Ethics Information. View Code of Ethics Here

The Osceola SWCD operates under Florida Statutes 582 under the Florida Legislature.

Service Area

The Osceola Soil and Water Conservation District serves all of Osceola County in the area of the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.

Services Provided

Services

  • Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices

  • Conservation education, programs and information

  • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems

  • Develop and update irrigation water management plans

  • Soil surveys and historical maps

 

Educational Programs

The Osceola Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Osceola/Orange/Seminole County communities. Through community support and fundraising efforts, the district is working to build the number of services we are able to offer.

The annual Envirothon, Poster & Speech Contest and Land Judging are some of the educational programs with which we are currently involved.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, in having a district supervisor work with you on a project or in offering your support for our work, please contact District Secretary Amy Canar at 407-847-4465.

Envirothon

The Regional Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. It is a unique outdoor competition that requires teamwork and the application of knowledge in the five areas listed below:

  • Aquatics – water ecology, water chemistry, water quality, and aquatic life.
  • Current Environmental Issues – annually selected topics such as energy sources, ground water, Gulf of Mexico environmental concerns or other current issues.
  • 2016 Topic is Invasive Species
  • Forestry – tree identification, tree ecology, insects, and timber.
  • Soils – classification, formation, soil properties, profiles, and site suitability.
  • Wildlife – habitat, identification, food, disease, and management.

Each team consists of five students. Schools can enter more than one team, but no more than six teams. The five-member teams are led by an advisor in studying prepared resource materials in the five areas including a selected current environmental issue, which for 2016 is “Invasive Species, a Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society.”

Schools can enter more than one team, but no more than six teams. During the competition, the students will rotate to the five testing stations.The Regional Envirothon is sponsored by the Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Soil and Water Conservation Districts, bringing together soil scientists, wildlife experts, foresters, park and recreational leaders, and other environmental specialists to challenge students to learn about our natural resources.

Their ultimate goal is a more environmentally aware and concerned citizenry. In 2016, the first place winning teams from the Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County Regional Envirothon will advance to the state level competition April 28-30, 2016 at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.

There, hands-on involvement with natural resource information will give students an opportunity to see and explore native ecosystems of Florida. Winners of the Florida state competition will advance and represent Florida at the North American Envirothon to be held at Trent University in Peterbrough, Ontario, Canada, July 24 – July 29, 2016.
To learn more about the North American Envirothon, please explore the information and resources available on their website at http://www.envirothon.org/

Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual Stewardship theme. The contest is co-sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. To locate your local district search our state directory. District winners advance to the state level. For questions regarding state competitions, districts should contact their state association. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

**PLEASE NOTE: Check your state poster contest sponsoring group to determine deadline and theme topic and correct poster size. Each state coordinates their own contest. Posters must follow your state’s guidelines to be eligible for the national contest.

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Speech Contest
Osceola County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors an annual speech contest, which is designed to develop leadership and stimulate interest in conserving natural resources.
Land Judging

Land Judging is an exciting 4-H and FFA contest in which Middle and High School students in observe and interpret the soil in order to make wise land use decisions. The skills the teens use at the contest involve principles that can be valuable in career fields like environmental and agricultural management, natural resources conservation, home building, engineering, and construction. Students can compete at the local, state, and national levels.

The Osceola and Orange Soil & Water Conservation Districts host local middle and high school students in FFA and 4-H to test their knowledge by judging soils from four pits that are selected by a Soil Scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. In each class (Middle 4-H, High 4-H, Middle FFA, High FFA) the local county winner may compete at the state contest in that respective class. Top placing teams in the state contest are eligible to compete at the National Land Judging Contest held at the end of April.

Financials

Budget Information

The District’s fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th annually. To view the District’s annual financial report visit the Department of Financial Services here: View Financial Reports Here

CLICK TO VIEW Fiscal Year 2016

The Districts fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30, annually.

CLICK TO VIEW AUDIT Fiscal Year 2015

This includes the final, complete audit report for the most recent completed fiscal year ending September 30.

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1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Located at Osceola Heritage Park in the UF/IFAS Extension Service Building
Phone: 407-847-4465 ext. 3
Fax: 407-847-0959

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