Board of Supervisors, History, and Purpose

Lucas SWCD Supervisors

Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors are publicly elected officials by process of the State of Ohio. An election is held each year at the SWCD's Annual Meeting & Banquet (see below), and each Supervisors' term lasts for three years.

January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019:
  • Diane DeYonker, Chair
  • Stephen Loeffler, Treasurer
  • Christine Mayer, Vice-Chair
  • Jim Vogelbacher, Secretary
  • Tom Schoen, Fiscal Agent
The Board meeting dates for 2019 will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 9:00 AM, at the Lucas SWCD office in Maumee with the following exceptions: February 19th, August 27th at 5:30 PM at Blue Creek Conservation Area (7700 Schadel Rd., Whitehouse), and December 18th. 

SWCD Purpose

What is our Purpose?
The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District focuses on natural resource problems and solutions. With assistance from many volunteers, we improve the quality of life for every resident of Lucas County.

Lucas SWCD helps:
  • Implement farm conservation practices that keep soil in the fields and out of waterways. We co-manage the Blue Creek Conservation Area with Metroparks Toledo to demonstrate these practices. We also loan conservation tillage equipment to local farmers.
  • Conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for wildlife. We worked to provide accurate wetland mapping for the county using a state-of-the-art Geographic Information System or GIS.
  • Teach the value of natural resources through classroom presentations, educational field trips, workshops, and materials. School districts who work with us have substantially increased the percent of students passing the science portion of the Sixth Grade Ohio Proficiency Test.
  • Promote the planting of trees and other land covers to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife, and beautify neighborhoods. Our annual tree sale provides low-cost seedlings and native grass seed to hundreds of local landowners each year (tree sale).
  • Provide local conservation leadership and encourage conservation efforts. Our Board and Staff hold offices in multiple local and statewide organizations which promote stewardship of natural resources.

SWCD History

How Did Soil and Water Conservation Districts Come To Be Formed?
Although many soil conservation activities occurred in the United States in the 1920s, it wasn't until the 1930s that actions became serious. On May 12, 1934, the worst dust storm in the nation's history swept eastward from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Ocean, obscuring the sun and depositing obvious films of dust as it moved.This catastrophic storm served as the catalyst for public outcry and congressional action for soil and water conservation throughout the nation. Read the entire SWCD history.

Dust Bowl History