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The Ottawa SWCD conducts surveys, investigations, and research relating to management practices needed to conserve and develop soil, water, and related natural resources.

Conservation Programs
Our Services
Events, Workshops & News

Seasonal  Internship

Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District


The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is currently accepting applications for a seasonal intern. Employment can begin in January or May 2023 with full or part time hours to accommodate class work. Multiple positions may be available with desired skills in GIS, engineering, education, and wildlife. Candidates must be 18 years of age and have a valid Ohio driver’s license. Applications and a complete job description are in the following links.

Please return the application and a resume to


​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

Cattle at Sunrise

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. 

Cattle at Sunrise



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!! 2022 Summer/Fall Newsletter 

Ag Breakfast

To celebrate agriculture and honor our local  producers, the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, OSU Extension, and various sponsors host an Agriculture Community Breakfast.

The 2022 Ag Breakfast took place on March 25th at the St. John's church in Oak Harbor.  We had over 130 landowners attend the event.  The cost to attend the event is $5.00 and reservations are required. All proceeds go back into the community through scholarships that will be awarded to High School students residing in Ottawa County who are going into agriculture, wildlife, forestry or soil and water fields. For more information about our Ag Scholarship, please call OSU Extension at  419-898-3631. 

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