The South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District (SDSWCD) was organized September 8, 1982 pursuant to the Conservation Districts Law of 1937, Florida Chapter 582, as a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida. Soil and Water Conservation Districts are charged with conserving and improving soil, water, vegetation, wildlife and related resources, and with reducing damage from floods and sedimentation. The SDSWCD is a non-profit 501-(c)-3 organization.
The South Dade Soil and Water Conservation District works to comply with its mission: To provide leadership in implementing conservation programs and technology that facilitate enhancement, sustainment and stewardship of our natural resources and environment:
- Mobile Irrigation Lab for water conservation with free irrigation evaluations and Xeriscape demonstration gardens. 250 million gallons per year saved.
- Tree planting with 4th Grade Foresters of Florida , over 1,500 trees planted per year.
- Organic waste in-vessel composting to reduce landfill odors and pollution: cow manure, food waste, green waste, and animal waste.
- Conservation presentations at Mia-Green Conference, Miami Beach Convention Center, Fruit & Spice Park, Tropical Fruit Growers Assoc., Miami-Dade Cattle Show, Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE) of Key West,, Homeowner Associations, Chambers of Commerce, School, Municipalities.
- 28 years of marketing Class AA Sludge to local agriculture for Miami Dade Water & Sewer Department.
- EPA Grant to prove ” In-vessel composting of organic waste on site and re use on site for environmental and economic advantage.
- Ag Lab working to promote best management practices and water conservation with nursery growers.