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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:


An Election of Directors for the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation  District will be held in the general election on November 7, 2023.  The District encompasses the Counties of Accomack and Northampton, which includes any incorporated towns therein.


Candidates for elected directors must reside within the boundary of the county (includes incorporated town(s) within the county) which such candidates shall represent upon  election.  Two directors shall be elected to represent all citizens within each county, which includes incorporated towns within the county.


Persons who wish to file as candidates for the office of district director must fully complete and file the requisite nominating petition, statement of qualification, and declaration of candidacy with the general registrar of the county where the candidates resides by 7:00 on June 20, 2023.


For further information contact your local registrar's office, visit the VA State Board of Elections website at, or contact the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District office:


Eastern Shore SWCD

22545 Center Parkway

Accomac, VA  23301

Carmie Savage, District Manager, 757-302-4431 or

2023 Scholarship Applications
Are you a current college student or high school senior in a natural resources or agricultural related major? Please click here for information on scholarships available for students who live in Accomack or Northampton County

2023 Spring Grants
Are you a local organization with an idea for an educational conservation program?  Please click here to learn more about our  spring grants.

Do you have what it takes to be a water-wise home?

Take the Water-Wise Home Challenge from the ESSWCD and earn a yard sign or flag!

Eastern Shore Soil & Water

Conservation District


VA Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

Click HERE for more information regarding eligible VCAP practices such as living shorelines, rain gardens, etc.


for more information contact


Bill Savage, Conservation Specialist or

Palmer Smith, Conservation Technician



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