The McHenry County SWCD was formed in 1947 under
the "Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act"
of 1937. This act specifically states that it is
" in the public interest to provide (a) for the
conservation of soil, soil resources, water and
water resources in the State, (b) for the
control and prevention of soil erosion, (c) for
the prevention of air and water pollution, and
(d) for the prevention of erosion, floodwater
and sediment damages, and thereby to conserve
natural resources, control floods, prevent
impairment of dams and reservoirs, assist in
maintaining the navigability of rivers and
harbors, conserve wildlife and forests ..."
The Act goes on to indicate that the State
finds "that rapid shifts in land use from
agricultural to nonagricultural uses, ... have
accelerated the process of soil erosion and
sediment deposition resulting in pollution of
the waters of the State." It is the SWCD's
charge through this Act to assist in conserving
and protecting the land, water, air and other
resources of the State.
On November 8, 2011,
the McHenry County SWCD and the Lake County SWCD
merged and were renamed the McHenry-Lake County
Soil and Water Conservation District.
- The SWCD is co-located and works
closely with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service. Staff from both agencies work with
municipalities, private land owners, and
agricultural producers on natural resource issues.
- Staff will work with individuals
to assist in resource planning for their home or
- The SWCD/NRCS offices house many
resource informational materials. These materials
can prove very valuable to prospective homeowners,
etc., in allowing them to assess a property's
capabilities and limitations prior to purchasing.
On-site soils information for septic
suitability, basement suitability and subdivision
mapping are available through the SWCD. (Fees are
charged for these services.
Natural Resource Information reports are
produced for all zoning and land use changes in the
District. (A fee is charged for this service.)
- The SWCD runs a
tree sale. This sale
offers native species to all residents of the county
at reasonable prices. (Prices vary according to
species and quantity.
- The SWCD and NRCS continue to be
involved in many educational programs throughout the
county. We offer programming in soils and water
quality to a variety of audiences from pre-school to
| The SWCD is a
Not-For-Profit, Non-Taxing District. Twenty to thirty
percent of the SWCD budget comes from annually renewable
State and County grants. The remainder of the budget is
fees generated from programs listed above.
is governed by a five member board of directors who oversee
and one part-time employee
occupiers of land in McHenry and Lake County are eligible to run
for a board of directors position. The Directors
are elected for two-year terms.
Elections are held each January/February, with two
directors being elected in odd years and
three directors elected in even years.
Elected directors take office in March.
Owners and occupiers of land in
McHenry and Lake Counties are entitled to vote in the
election, held at the McHenry-Lake County SWCD office.
1648 S. Eastwood
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-0099 x3
MLCSWCD Brochure in pdf
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discrimination in all its programs and activities on the
basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion,
age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation,
or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases
apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who
require alternative means for communication of program
information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.)
should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600
(voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA,
Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.
20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA
is an equal opportunity provider and employer."