Orange County
Soil and Water Conservation District

The People's Garden Exhibit

Sunset

Orlando FL

About Orange County SWCD

Our Purpose

To preserve the farm, forest, and grazing lands of Orange County for the protection and promotion of the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Orange County against improper land use as set forth in Chapter 582, Florida Statutes.

To develop comprehensive plans for the conservation of soil and water resources and for the prevention of soil erosion and for flood prevention or the conservation, development and utilization of soil and water resources, and the disposal of water within the district including the control of artesian wells.

To work with the State of Florida, Department of Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture, Orange County, Cities of Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Ocoee, Orlando, Winter Garden, Winter Park, the tows of Eatonville, Oakland, and Windermere, the Association of Florida Conservation Districts and other governmental and private organizations to accomplish our conservation and preservation goals.

To Work with the schools in Orange County to Develop curriculum and hands-on0programs for students to develop a better understanding of the need to conserve and preserve our natural resources.

Staff

Board Members

Seat 1

Michael D. Barber
Position: Chair
P.O. Box 532094, Orlando, FL 32853
Mbarber.soilandwater@gmail.com
Term: 2016 – 2020
Education: Bachelors, University of Central Florida, Juris Doctorate, University of Florida, Levin College of Law

Seat 2

Daisy Morales
Position: Supervisor
P.O. Box 532094, Orlando, FL 32853
supervisordaisymorales@gmail.com
Term 2018 – 2022
Education: Associates, Puerto Junior College

Seat 3

Nicole McLaren
Position: Public Relations Representative
P.O. Box 532094, Orlando, FL 32853
nvmclaren@gmail.com
Term 2016 – 2020
Education: Bachelors, Florida A&M University, Juris Doctorate, University of Florida, Levin College of Law

Seat 4

Dawn Curtis
Position: Vice Chair
P.O. Box 532094, Orlando, FL 32853
Supervisordawncurtis@gmail.com
Term 2018 – 2022
Education: Associates, Eastern Florida State College Bachelors, Florida State University, Masters, University of Phoenix

Seat 5

Tiffany Dziekan
Position: Treasurer
P.O. Box 532094, Orlando, FL 32853
Tif81579@aol.com
Term 2016 – 2020

Education: Bachelors, University of South Florida

What We Do

 
  • Develop programs to implement best practices for soil and water conservation
  • Develop educational materials to promote conservation practices
  • Assist landowners, farmers, ranchers, and others engaged in agriculture implement best practices for soil and water conservation
  • Cooperate with federal, state, county, and municipal governments to develop and promote best practices for soil and water conservation
  • Engage in scientific surveys to determine impacts of various land-use projects on the quality and conservation of soil and water

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Bradford Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was established October 9, 1950 under Florida Statutes 582 by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of the County’s soil, water and related natural resources. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Orange County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Orange Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, convert irrigation systems and inform the public about conservation problems.

  1. Revenue Information
    1. The Orange Soil and Water Conservation District does not impose or collect any taxes, fees, assessments, or charges.
  2. General Financial Information
    1. The Orange Soil and Water Conservation District fiscal year begins June 1st and ends May 31st.
    2. Tentative Budget – See attached
    3. Link to Department of Financial Services website to view special district’s Annual Financial Report: https://apps.fldfs.com/localgov/reports
    4. Audit Reports – Exempt by law
  3. Ethics
    1. http://www.ethics.state.fl.us/Research/Ethicslaws.aspx

Service Area

TheOrange County Soil and Water Conservation District serves all of Orange County in the area of the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.

Services Provided

  • Develop programs to implement best practices for soil and water conservation
  • Develop educational materials to promote conservation practices
  • Assist landowners, farmers, ranchers, and others engaged in agriculture implement best practices for soil and water conservation
  • Cooperate with federal, state, county, and municipal governments to develop and promote best practices for soil and water conservation
  • Engage in scientific surveys to determine impacts of various land-use projects on the quality and conservation of soil and water

 

 

Educational Programs

The Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Orange County communities. Through community support and fundraising efforts, the district is working to build the number of services we are able to offer.

The annual Envirothon, Poster & Speech Contest and Land Judging are some of the educational programs with which we are currently involved.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, in having a district supervisor work with you on a project or in offering your support for our work, please contact:

 

Envirothon

The Regional Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. It is a unique outdoor competition that requires teamwork and the application of knowledge in the five areas listed below:

  • Aquatics – water ecology, water chemistry, water quality, and aquatic life.
  • Current Environmental Issues – annually selected topics such as energy sources, ground water, Gulf of Mexico environmental concerns or other current issues.
  • Forestry – tree identification, tree ecology, insects, and timber.
  • Soils – classification, formation, soil properties, profiles, and site suitability.
  • Wildlife – habitat, identification, food, disease, and management.

Each team consists of five students. Schools can enter more than one team, but no more than six teams. The five-member teams are led by an advisor in studying prepared resource materials in the five areas including a selected current environmental issues.

 

Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual Stewardship theme. The contest is co-sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. To locate your local district search our state directory. District winners advance to the state level. For questions regarding state competitions, districts should contact their state association. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

**PLEASE NOTE: Check your state poster contest sponsoring group to determine deadline and theme topic and correct poster size. Each state coordinates their own contest. Posters must follow your state’s guidelines to be eligible for the national contest.

Go here for more information.

 

Speech Contest

Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors an annual speech contest, which is designed to develop leadership and stimulate interest in conserving natural resources.

Check back for more details coming soon.

 

Land Judging

Land Judging is an exciting 4-H and FFA contest in which Middle and High School students in observe and interpret the soil in order to make wise land use decisions.

The skills the teens use at the contest involve principles that can be valuable in career fields like environmental and agricultural management, natural resources conservation, home building, engineering, and construction. Students can compete at the local, state, and national levels.

The Orange Soil & Water Conservation Districts host local middle and high school students in FFA and 4-H to test their knowledge by judging soils from four pits that are selected by a Soil Scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In each class (Middle 4-H, High 4-H, Middle FFA, High FFA) the local county winner may compete at the state contest in that respective class.

Top placing teams in the state contest are eligible to compete at the National Land Judging Contest held at the end of April.

Financials

Budget Information

 

General Financial Information

    1. The Orange Soil and Water Conservation District fiscal year begins June 1st and ends May 31st.
    2. Tentative Budget – Coming soon
    3. Link to Department of Financial Services website to view special district’s Annual Financial Report: https://apps.fldfs.com/localgov/reports
    4. Audit Reports – Exempt by law

 

 

Get in Touch!

Address: PO Box 532094
Orlando, FL 32853-2094
Email: Orangesoilandwaterconservation@gmail.com

 

 

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