Soil & Water Conservation District

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•   Translation Services Available.  If you need assistance with the translation of this or Soil and Water Conservation District related documents, please call the District at 631-852-3285.

 

Soil Health Workshop Unlock the Secrets in the Soil
August 15, 2014 1-4:30
L.I. Horticultural Research Center
3059 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
Call 852-3289 for more information.

 

•   NYS DEC Endorsed 4-hr Erosion & Sediment Control Training
September 10, 2014 - 1:00-5:00
423 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, NY
631-852-3286

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50th Celebration
Celebrate the Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District's 50th year anniversary.
September 18, 2014 2-6
423 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, NY
Call 631-852-3285 for more information

 

NYS Clean Sweep - Week of September 29th, 2014
For more information see the website.

 

•  17th Annual Long Island Regional Envirothon
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
631-852-3287
Contact Us
Paul A. TeNyenhuis
District Manager
Phone: (631) 852-3285/6
Fax:(631) 852-3302
Address:
423 Griffing Avenue
Riverhead NY 11901
Email:
Paul.TeNyenhuis@suffolkcountyny.gov

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Soil & Water Conservation District

During the 1930s, the Midwest experienced an environmental disaster known as the Dust Bowl. Due to a long drought and lack of a cover crop, topsoil from farmland was eroded by wind and lifted into huge dust clouds, which traveled thousands of miles. This event prompted Congress to pass legislation declaring soil and water conservation a national priority. In 1937, President Roosevelt requested that all states provide the opportunity for local governments to establish Soil and Water Conservation Districts stating that their responsibilities would be to assist in the prevention of soil erosion and flood control. In 1940, New York State adopted the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law and consequently, in 1964 Suffolk County Legislators declared the county, a Soil and Water Conservation District.

As such, resolution 245-1964 established the Soil and Water Conservation District in accordance with the provisions of the Soil and Water Conservation District Law of New York, Chapter 727, Laws of 1940. The law directs Districts to conserve soil and water resources, control sediment and erosion, reduce floodwater, preserve natural resources, assist in the drainage and irrigation of agricultural lands, preserve wildlife and protect public lands. In 1975 the State passed an amendment to the Law, which requires the District to develop a conservation plan for all farms over twenty-five acres. Another amendment in 1989 was added directing Districts to improve water quality and to control and abate nonpoint source pollution.

A Board of Directors, whose members are appointed by the County Legislature, governs the District. The type of member and the length of term are dictated in the Soil and Water Conservation District Law. District Directors decide activities of the District and are responsible for its operational management.

The diverse scope of expertise and knowledge of the District has rendered the department an asset to the County’s goal to protect and preserve natural resources. The District’s dedication has been established by increased assistance provided to the agricultural community, private landowners and municipalities and by the many partnerships we established with various local, county, state and federal governmental agencies.

 

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
This office will be closed for all governmental holidays

 

George Proios
Agricultural Environmental Management - Presentation

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