The Ottawa SWCD conducts surveys, investigations, and research relating to management practices needed to conserve and develop soil, water, and related natural resources.
Events, Workshops & News
Women in Conservation
An opportunity for women to get out in the wild! Get ready to learn from local experts, get hands on experience and have dinner with a fun group of women. Registration required and space is limited. Visit our Education page for information.
Day on the Wildside!
This exciting event is for youth in 5th-8th grade. Join every July at Winous Point Hunt Club for fishing, shooting, archery, bird banding and more. Lunch provided, Cost $20 and includes a tshirt. Visit our Education page for more information.
Ottawa SWCD 70th Annual Banquet
The 70th Annual Banquet was held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, with a BBQ Chicken or Beef Brisket dinner.
Our entertainment for the evening was reminiscing about the last 70 years of agriculture and conservation in Ottawa County. We would like to thank the master of ceremonies Dave Grimm, son of the lake Fred Grimm who was instrumental in establishing the Ottawa SWCD in 1952, for bringing out some very entertaining stories with our past supervisors, employees, and landowners!
Thanks to everyone that attended the event and cast their
ballot for our election of two supervisors. Contracts to Roland Sandrock and Bill Hartman on their re-election!!
Photo: Dave and Bob Grimm, sons of Fred Grimm
USDA Video Showcases
click Here to watch a video about the partnerships driving the innovative water quality assessment and conservation in the Western Lake Erie Basin
Manure & Fertilizer Resources
Nutrient application rules, pertaining to both manure and fertilizer, are in effect for farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Visit the ODA website to read the state law and check the 48-hour weather forecast before applying to ensure you are not in violation. If you have questions or if you believe there has been a violation of this law, please call the Ottawa SWCD office.
Check out our latest bi-annual newsletter to find out what our office has been doing over the last couple of months, programs that we are offering, upcoming events, ongoing sales, and more!! 2023 Winter/Spring Newsletter
To celebrate agriculture and honor our local producers, local Ag Agencies and sponsors celebrated National Agriculture Week by hosting an Agriculture Community Breakfast. The 2023 Breakfast was held on Friday, March 17th, at 8:00 a.m. at St John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor. The cost for the all-you-can-eat scrambled egg, pancake and sausage breakfast is only $5.00. The event is not just for the agricultural community, but open to all individuals and businesses that eat meat, fruit, vegetables and bread – items grown by farmers!
The guest speaker was Donald Kaatz, president of the Toussaint Shooting Club. Donald presented on the history of the Shooting Club, their newly formed Toussaint River Watershed Conservancy, and their ongoing conservation efforts.
Proceeds from the breakfast went back into the agricultural community through various scholarships. The 2023 scholarship winners were Brayden Hayes and Gracie Sprague!! For more information about our scholarship, please call OSU Extension at 419-898-3631. For tickets please contact the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (419) 898-1595.