The Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District (NNSWCD) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia organized in 1940 as a result of the Soil & Water Conservation Law within the Code of Virginia Section 10.1-104.1 (B) which states:

“A soil and water conservation district…shall constitute a governmental subdivision of this State, and a public body corporate and politic. Exercising public powers…” (§10.1-5.38)

“They (a District and its Directors) shall have power to develop comprehensive programs and plans for the conservation of soil resources and for the control and prevention of soil erosion and for flood prevention or agricultural and nonagricultural phases of the conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water within District…” (§10.1-546)

The NNSWCD is responsible for assisting the agricultural community, landowners, and residential property owners of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties in the wise management and maintenance of the region’s valuable natural resource base.

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