Broward County
Soil and Water Conservation District

Biscayne National Underwater Park

Biscayne National Underwater Park

Everglades Swamp

Everglades Swamp

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park


About Broward SWCD

Our Purpose


To provide for the control and prevention of soil erosion, for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damages; for furthering the conservation, development and utilization of soil and water resources.

The Broward Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) is a political subdivision of the State of Florida created to implement Chapter 582 Florida Statutes, in general for the purpose of “conservation of natural resources, preserve wildlife, protect lands of the state and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the State of Florida.” The BSWCD promotes leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs.


Broward Soil and Water Conservation District

401 E Las Olas Blvd Suite 1510,                     t Lauderdale FL 33301

Board Members

Emma Collum- Seat #1

Richard DeNapoli- Seat # 2      

Jelani Harvey- Seat #3

Alissa Schafer- Seat #4

Fred Segal- Seat #5                        


What We Do

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Broward 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 Broward County through conservation of its natural resources.

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

Service Area

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

Services Provided

  • Conservation education, programs and information, such as the BSWCD’s quarterly Lunch and Learn educational series
  • Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices
  • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems
  • Develop and update irrigation water management plans
  • Soil surveys and historical maps
  • Local government advice and assistance
  • Youth education
  • Invasive plant control

Educational Programs

The Broward Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Broward 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 and Speech and Poster contests are some of the educational programs we are planning for future years.

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  us.

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.
  • 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.

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.

Go here for more information.


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:


Get in Touch!

Broward Soil and Water Conservation District

Contact: Jelani Harvey, BSWCD Supervisor
401 E Las Olas Blvd Suite 1510                                                                                  Ft Lauderdale, FL. 33301

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