Technical Assistance Offered by Miami SWCD

In an effort to promote conservation, Miami SWCD provides technical and informational assistance to Miami County residents. Through our own resources and through partnerships with local, state and federal organizations and agencies, we deliver information on soil formation, soil erosion, water resources, wildlife habitat, pond construction and management, resource conservation, recycling, geology, tree and ground cover planting, watersheds and wetlands.


Site Investigations

Staff is available to meet with landowners to investigate the need for establishment of best management practices (BMP).  These BMP’s will address soil and water conservation concerns, such as soil erosion and drainage.

Surface Drainage (Field Ditch)

An open drainage ditch constructed to a designed size and grade, to dispose of excess surface or subsurface water, intercept ground water, control ground water levels, provide for leaching of saline or alkali soils, or a combination of these objectives.

Urban Storm Water

Assisting the townships of Miami County with the Ohio EPA regarding Urban Storm Water regulations.

Erosion Control Practices (Grassed Waterway)

Shaping and establishing grass in a natural drainageway to prevent gullies from forming.

Water and Sediment Control Basin (WASCOB)

A WASCOB is a short earthen dam built across a drainage way that traps sediment and water for a 24 hour period.

Pond Permits

Permits are required in order to build a pond greater than 750 sq. ft. in Miami County. Brown, Lost Creek and Elizabeth Townships are exempt from permits however it is recommended you contact your Trustees to see if they have any rules or regulations that you should follow.

Land Management

Site Investigations

Staff is available to meet with landowners to investigate the need for establishment of best management practices (BMP).  These BMP’s will address soil and water conservation concerns, such as soil erosion and drainage.

Filter Strips

A strip or area of vegetation for removing sediment, organic matter, and other pollutants from runoff and waste water before they reach water bodies or water sources such as wells.

Windbreak Establishment

Multiple rows of trees and shrubs are planted to protect areas from wind and provide food and cover for wildlife.  Windbreaks can be used around field borders, farmsteads, and/or livestock feedlots.

Soils Information

Soils information is available through the Miami County Soil Survey.  The Soil Survey information includes a general soil map, use and management of the soils, descriptions of the soils, formation and classification of the soils, and the general nature of the county.  Individual soil map sheets are available.  Staff is available to provide soils information as documented in the Miami County Soil Survey.

Nutrient Management

Applying the correct amount and form of plant nutrients for optimum yield and minimum impact on water quality.

Soil Testing

The Miami SWCD does not provide soil testing. Click here for more information on soil testing and to find a testing agency.

Conservation Programs

Woodland Management

Improving the quality and quantity of woodland growing stock and maintaining ground cover and liter for soil and water conservation.

Wetland Development and Restoration

Retaining, creating, or managing wetland habitat for wildlife.  The purpose is to keep, make, or improve habitat for waterfowl, furbearers, or other wildlife.  Wetlands are marsh type areas with saturated soils and water loving plants.  Wetlands also serve as natural filters for agricultural runoff.

Wildlife Habitat Development

Planting trees, shrubs, and other vegetation to provide food and cover for wildlife.

Farmland Preservation

Miami County, Ohio landowners who want to preserve their farmland can sell their development rights to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) through the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. This is a voluntary program that allows the current owners to continue to own the land as well as preserve the productivity of the farm for future generations.

A landowner who is interested in preserving their farmland will need to have a local sponsor in order to apply for the program. A local sponsor could either be the Miami County Board of Commissioners, Board of Township Trustees, Municipal Officials, Land Trust, or the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District. The local sponsor will submit an application to the Ohio Department of Agriculture on the landowner’s behalf. If accepted into the program, the easement for the land will be jointly held by the local sponsor and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Visit the Ohio Farmland Preservation website here or contact our office for more information.


Conservation Tillage Practices

Includes no-till, mulch till and ridge till. Residue management leaves last year’s crop residue on the soil surface by limiting tillage.

Livestock Waste Storage Pond

An impoundment made by excavation or earthfill for temporary storage of animal or other agricultural waste.  The purpose is to store liquid and solid waste, waste water, and polluted runoff to reduce pollution and to protect the environment.

Waste Storage Structure

A fabricated structure for temporary storage of animal waste or other organic agricultural wastes.  The purpose is to temporarily store liquid or solid wastes as part of a pollution-control or energy-utilization system to conserve nutrients and energy and to protect the environment.

Conservation Farm Planning

Staff is available to work with landowners in developing a total resource conservation plan for your farm.  The planning process takes an inventory of all the resources on your farm and then considers which soil conservation, water quality, wildlife habitat and energy conservation practices would contribute to your farm environmentally and economically.


FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Maps)
USGS (United States Geological Survey) – 1973
NWI (National Wetland Inventory) – 1995

Aerial Photos

Photo years available for review at Miami SWCD:
1940, 1949, 1957, 1963, 1973, 1983

Or, visit the Miami County Auditor website.

To view properties go to top right of the page and add info to Property Search: Parcel, Owner, or Address. Once the property list loads, click on the desired parcel number and then click the Map This Property icon in the top right of the page.

Rain Barrel | Miami SWCD

Miami SWCD Resources

The Miami SWCD offers many resources in an effort to promote conservation in Miami County including rain barrels, contractor contact lists, free publications and more. Visit our Resources page for more information and details on how to purchase available resources.