About Soil and Water Conservation District
The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation district was organized on October
1, 1951. It is a legal subdivision of the state government
authorized by the Soil Conservation District law of 1939. The
District is directed by a five member Board
of Supervisors, two are appointed to office and three are
elected by local landowners. They serve a three year term and
receive no salary.
The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District directs a program
of natural resource conservation within Hamilton County. The
District has assembled various inventories and assessments of the
resources in the county. The data is constantly being updated and
revised to reflect our changing times. Inventories and assessments along
with federal, state, and local laws and regulations are the primary
tools used to assist the board in carrying out their environmental
Hamilton County SWCD Conservation Programs
Conservation Technical Assistance
We provide technical expertise on a variety of natural resource problems
for the land-users in Hamilton County of non-Federal land. We assist our
clients in protection, conservation, and enhancement of our natural
resources (soil, water, air, plants, and animals) through the use of
Best Management Practices (BMPs). Many inquiries are concerning farm
We provide information on:
- Planning, design, and proper installation of a farm pond
- Recommended treatment of algae growth on pond surface
- Recommended treatment for leaking ponds
- Permit requirements by Federal, State, and/or Local Law for
CTA includes, but is not limited to the following program areas:
- CONSERVATION PLANNING
- ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM
- CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM in partnership with USDA/FSA- Farm Service Agency
- CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Environmental Assessment Data
We have several types of maps for Hamilton County:
- Historical aerial photographs for the years: 1953, 1964, 1972,
1982 and 1992
- U.S.G.S. Topographical Maps (Quad Sheets)
- F.E.M.A. Flood Insurance Rate Maps
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife National Wetlands Inventory
- 1982 Infrared aerial photography.
- Soil Survey including Prime Farmland and Hydric Soils.
The SCD sponsors fish-stocking service to area residents. The supplier
will be in the office parking lot to answer questions and supply
low-cost catfish, bluegill, bass, Grass carp, crappie, minnows, and
bream. Call the office
for the exact date and available fish types at 423/894-1687 ext. 3.
Hamilton County Agriculture Hall Of Fame
The Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to recognize and honor those
individuals who have made significant contributions in agriculture,
Silva culture and rural development to Hamilton County. Honorees are
nominated by the public and voted on by the Hall of Fame Committee
Members and past inductees. Committee Membership consists of one
representative from: River Valley Ag Credit, Farm Credit Mid-America, Farm Bureau, Hamilton County Soil and Water
Conservation District, Tennessee Department of Agriculture-Forestry
Division, U.S.D.A.-Farm Service Agency, U.S.D.A.-Natural Resources
Conservation Service, and UT/TSU Extension Service and USDA Rural Development. The
honors banquet is held in October of every odd-numbered year.
Hamilton County Farm Tour
The Farm Tour is held in July of every even-numbered year. The tour highlights recent agriculture innovations,
successful agriculture enterprises, and local problem area treatments in Hamilton and surrounding counties.
Leadership for the tour rotates among the Tennessee Department of Agriculture-Forestry Division, U.S.D.A.-Farm Service Agency,
U.S.D.A.-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UT/TSU Extension Service, River Valley Ag Credit, Farm Credit Mid-America, and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Resource Conservation and Development Program
The Hamilton County SWCD is a member of the Southeast Tennessee Resource
Conservation and Development Council, which is comprised of 13
southeastern Tennessee Counties. They are headquartered in
Cleveland, Tennessee and can be reached at 423/472-5731 ext.3.
The official Soil Survey of Hamilton County, Tennessee was
updated in 1982. It is a publication of the National Cooperative Soil
Survey and contains predictions of soil behavior for selected land uses.
The survey also highlights limitations and hazards inherent in the soil,
improvements needed to overcome the limitations, and the impact of
selected land uses on the environment. It is useful for farmers,
foresters, community planners, engineers, developers, homebuyers,
conservationists, teachers, and students.
We do not do the Soil Testing for pH, lime and fertilizer requirements
for crops and/or lawn grasses. Contact the UT/TSU-Agricultural Extension
Service at 423/209-8560 or https://utextension.tennessee.edu/.
We can assist you with interpretation of the results for application
Interested in tree seedlings call the Hamilton County SWCD at 423-894-1687 ext. 3.