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 Districts. The 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 Board. Accomack 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.
New Conservation Technician
Recently, Palmer Smith from Cape Charles, VA
joined the Eastern Shore SWCD team as the new Conservation Technician. During high school, she was a member of Envirothon and was awarded the 2018 Conservation Student of the Year Award from the District. Following her interest in agriculture, Palmer attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a double major in Crop & Soil Science and Animal & Poultry Science in May of this year. She enjoys going to Virginia Tech football games, being outside and on the water, and anything that involves her dog Nala.
Environmental Education Programming for Homeschoolers
The district is pleased to offer hands-on programming for the homeschool community for the 2022-2023 school year.
For dates and more information, please
Reservations are required as space is limited. For reservations or more information contact
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
VA Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)
Click HERE for more information regarding eligible VCAP practices such as living shorelines, rain gardens, etc.
OPEN SIGN-UP Period
for more information contact
Bill Savage, Conservation Specialist