The Broward Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) is a political subdivision of the State of Florida created to implement Chapter 582 Florida Statutes, in general for the purpose of “conservation of natural resources, preserve wildlife, protect lands of the state and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the State of Florida.” The BSWCD promotes leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts originally represented small-scale farms by reporting soil and water needs to the government. A great deal of importance into soil erosion and water conservation is emphasized as agriculture will always be part of the Florida economy. Conservation and safety of the beaches that make up a great deal of our tourism dollars are a direct consequence of the Soil and Water Conservation District, as is their role in the community as environmental advocates and educators.
The governing body of a Soil and Water Conservation District consists of five elected Supervisors. The office of a Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor is nonpartisan and elected countywide. Candidates are elected in a general election to a 2-year term. Vacancies are filled by appointment by the remaining Supervisors until the next regular election. Supervisors receive no monetary compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses.
A Soil and Water Conservation District so organized constitutes a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida. Although it does not levy taxes or have the means to enforce land use laws, they work with agencies, individuals and local businesses to promote best natural resource management practices and conserve the environment.
The Broward Water and Soil Conservation District was established in 1973 as a result of a petition seeking such to the State of Florida.