Soil and Water Conservation District

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 responsibilities.

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 ponds.

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 agricultural practices

CTA includes, but is not limited to the following program areas:

  • CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM in partnership with USDA/FSA- Farm Service Agency

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.

Fish Day

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.

Soil Surveys

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.

Soil Testing

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 We can assist you with interpretation of the results for application rates.

Tree Day

Interested in tree seedlings call the Hamilton County SWCD at 423-894-1687 ext. 3.

Farmer for a Day
Farmer for a Day
Farmer for a Day
Soil Tunnel

Address & Contact Information

Google MapsMap to SCD Office

Address: 202 Agriculture Service Center, 6183 Adamson Circle Chattanooga, TN 37416

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Except for these holidays

Phone number: 423-894-1687 ext. 3

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