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Soil & Water

The St. Lawrence County SWCD has been helping concerned landowners care for their natural resources since 1957.

Mission: The function of the SWCD is to represent the county in obtaining technical, financial, and education resources from federal, state, and other sources and coordinate them to meet local needs in natural resource conservation, management, and development.

Confidentiality Statement: As the District is a non-regulatory agency, the information shared with the District will be kept confidential and used only for planning purposes.  Currently, information collected through grant programs and requested by other agencies is given to them using a number classification system, not by using names.

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Notice: The St. Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District continues to be closed to the public. District Staff will be monitoring and replying to all voicemails and emails received as quickly as possible.  Appointments may be able to be arranged by calling (315) 386-3582. Thank you for your patience during this time.

  • St. Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District Staff

SLC SWCD Board of Directors Meeting documents for 8/20/2020 

Recording of 7/16/20 Board meeting held via ZOOM

The District's Annual Fall fish sale is now in progress! See below for brochure and order form:

2020 Fall Fish Brochure

Fall 2020 Cover Crop cost assistance

Canton, N.Y. – Improving soil health on farmland is integral to ensure productive, profitable and sustainable agricultural operations while protecting wildlife, water and air quality.  Cover crops benefit soil health by keeping the soil covered to create a barrier against erosion, adding organic matter, stability and recycling excess nutrients that would otherwise leach out of the soil.  In addition, cover crops such as winter rye or triticale can be harvested as livestock feed further benefitting the farmer.  That is why the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District (SLC SWCD) is looking for producers in the county that are interested in planting cover crops.  Priority will be given to producers that have not worked with the SLC SWCD in the past to implement cover crops and/or have not planted cover crops in the last three years. Participating in our Agricultural Environmental Program will be a requirement this year which involves an on-site environmental evaluation and the completion of a Cover Crop Plan. A reimbursement rate of $47/acre will be issued for up to 50 acres per farm that are selected and plant cover crops according to the plan provided to the landowner.  All land accepted for the program must be planted with row crops (corn, soybeans, vegetables, etc.) both this year and next year (2020 & 2021).  Cover crops must be planted by the seeding date provided in the plan to qualify for reimbursement.

For more information please contact the SLC SWCD Technician, Jevonnah Foster at 315-386-3582 or email at

If interested, please call or email us by August 21st to allow time for on-site visits and planning. Due to COVID 19 our office is currently closed to the public without an appointment.

Cost Share program available

The District has a new program that will assist producers with the cost of renting either a no-till or innerseeder to plant cover crops.  The description and application may be fownd below:

Grant opportunity: Conservation in the Schools Grant


2020 SLC SWCD Annual Newsletter

AEM Program: 1st step is to fill out an AEM Tier 1 Worksheet