The St. Joseph County Conservation District was established in 1948 to assist farmers in creating soil & water conservation plans. Since then the Conservation District has grown to include all stakeholders within the county. The focus is still agriculture & working with farmers to create conservation plans, but we also work with partner organizations to ensure the county's largest natural resource, water, remains a viable resource.
Guided by a volunteer board of five members and paid staff the Conservation District works with partners to promote ground and surface water practices, irrigation services, sustainable agriculture practices, education, environmental stewardship and community projects.
The Conservation District is able to provide this assistance with community support through volunteers and financial assistance. Throughout the year the Conservation District hosts several fundraising events including the annual tree sale, annual meeting and a local foods dinner.
2017 Golf Outing
May 6, 2017 Please contact the Conservation District office for further information.
Join the BUG BRIGADE!!
We're looking for volunteers to help monitor macroinvertebrates on the Portage, Prairie and Rocky Rivers. Through a MiCorps grant from the Great Lakes Commission the St. Joseph County Conservation District has been awarded a two year grant to monitor 9 different sites on three major Rivers in the county. By monitoring the aquatic life, or the bugs in the rivers, it allows us to determine the water quality of that River. The more diverse the bugs, the higher the rating for water quality! You can learn more about this and be a part of the project. Click here for more information.