The Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District's mission is to provide and develop leadership in natural resource conservation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia through education, promotion of cooperative programs, and fulfillment of a diverse clientele's needs.

Formed in 1945, the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (Eastern Shore SWCD) represents one of 47 Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation DistrictsThe District's service area covers the Eastern Shore of Virginia- a region on the Delmarva Peninsula comprised of Accomack and Northampton Counties, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland.

Eastern Shore SWCD is a political subdivison of the Commonwealth and it supports the District through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation BoardAccomack and Northampton Counties also provide financial assistance and support to the District.  

Two of the District's major roles are to administer Virginia's incentive program for agricultural Best Management Practices and provide environmental education.  Since conservation involves everyone, the District provides various programs to students and adults promoting awareness, action and support for the area's natural resources.  

The above video was published by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) which is a nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards.

The Commonwealth of Virginia supports the Eastern Shore SWCD through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Eastern Shore SWCD programs, activities and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of disability, race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, color, age, religion/religious creed, veteran status, or genetics. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

In 2021 VA Cooperative Extension (VCE) produced a video highlighting their partnership with the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District and how both agencies work together to help growers meet agriculture’s conservation goals. To see the video please CLICK HERE.

Latest Announcements:


In an effort to keep our clients and our staff healthy and safe, we are asking that you contact the District by phone or e-mail or by appointment when necessary.

FY21 VCAP Cost Share Sign-up

VA Conservation Assistance- Urban  

 February 1- March 31, 2021

Appointment Only- call to schedule


Bill Savage 757-302-4437 or

Norman Pitt 757-302-4421 

This Program provides financial reimbursement to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices in VA's Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Interested in reading about the struggle for clean water?  Have a middle school aged student?  Check out the following book!

A Long Walk to Water

by Linda Sue Park

                     Three teachers have written a                                    middle school cross curricular                                 unit to accompany this book.  Lesson materials for water awareness, language arts, math, science, history, and social-emotional learning are included.

Access the educational unit here.

VA Farm Voluntary Agricultural Best Management  Practices Inventory-

           survey open now through                  March 12, 2021

If you are an ag producer in the Chesapeake Bay region please take a few minutes of your time to participate in this survey.  The information gathered from this survey will help VA tell the story of what farmers are doing to conserve soil and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region and help VA agriculture achieve its water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan.  The survey is completely confidential and your specific data will not be singled out or shared, rather compiled with others in your county to create a bigger picture. For more information about the survey, including answers to frequently asked questions as well as the survey link, please visit

This survey is a joint effort between Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Farm Bureau, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

If you have have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Carmie Savage, District Manager, at (757) 302-4431 or

Check out the most recent publication of Eastern Shore       SWCD's newsletter,           Shore Conserver

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