Wendy Walsh
District Manager

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Telephone:
607-687-3553

183 Corporate Drive
Owego, NY 13827

Main Phone:
607-687-3553
Fax:
607-687-9440

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The role of the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District is to assist individual landowners, groups, and units of government with any natural resource concern that is brought before the District. This may take the form of technical advice, technical assistance, or finding a solution through another entity. Explore the menu choices below for more information about the district, our staff, services & programs.

  Additional Information

The Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District was created on November 27, 1944, and is one of the 58 Soil and Water Conservation District located across New York State.

The District is governed by a Board of Directors who hold monthly meetings at the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District office on every 3rd Wednesday at 9:00AM. The public is always invited to attend these meetings. The board is made up of representatives from the Grange, Farm Bureau, two County legislators, and an At-large member. The current Board of Directors is:

  • Mark Kwiatkowski, Grange Representative
  • Tom Zorn, Farm Bureau Representative
  • Eileen Selnekovic, Director At Large
  • Dale Weston, Chairperson, County Legislator Representative
  • Tracy Monell, Vice-Chairperson, County Legislator Representative

The District is committed to providing knowledge and technical assistance to the residents of Tioga County in the areas of soil, water, and other natural resource conservation issues.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service works closely with the SWCD on many projects and activities. NRCS employees are stationed in the USDA Service Center located at 109A Chemung Street, Waverly, NY 14892.

The District can assist county landowners and municipalities with a host of natural resource conservation questions and issues. Email or call the office to get in contact with the staff member that can assist you. 

 

Programs:

  • The District offers assistance to farms through the NYS Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Program. This is a confidential and voluntary program that is free to farmers interested in improving their environmental stewardship.
  • District staff can assist any type of landowner with tree planting opportunities to reforest your property.
  • We partner with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition to offer wetland habitat creation and enhancement opportunities.
  • Our staff can also offer technical assistance with streams and pond management.

 

Services:

  • Land Classification/Soils Map for Ag assessment
  • Hydro-seeding (seeding critical areas, lawns)
  • No-Till Drill Rentals
  • Sampling & Nutrient Analysis - Manure & Soil
  • Pond Stocking Program
  • Tire Sidewall Cutter Rental
  • Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale
  • GIS Mapping

There is a fee for these listed services. Orders for the Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale are taken from January through mid-April when the stock is distributed, please see the page dedicated to this program in the main menu. Please contact the District office for details on these programs and current prices.

Check out or most recent annual report and newsletter!

2024 Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale

Our 2024 Tree & Shrub order form is now available!

Orders are encouraged before March to ensure species desired and all orders are due by April 1, 2024.

Order pickups will take place on April 19 & 20 at our office.

SOLD OUT: Apple, Concolor Fir

 

Current Soil and Water Conservation District employment opportunities: 

For more information contact Wendy Walsh at 607-687-3553 or [email protected]

 

All Prices Include Applicable Taxes

  • Agricultural Assessment - new $20.00 Worksheet (Non-Taxable)
  • Bat House - $20.00 House (Taxable)
  • Bluebird Box - $15.00 Box (Taxable)
  • Bird Feeder - $20.00 Box (Taxable)
  • Chickadee Box - $15.00 Box (Taxable)
  • Flicker Box - $15.00 Box (Taxable)
  • DOQ Maps - $10.00 Each (Non-Taxable)
  • Fertilizer Tablets (single tabs) - $0.10 Each (Taxable)
  • Fertilizer Tablets (1000 tabs) - $82.00 Box (Taxable)
  • GIS Maps - $10.00 Each (Non-Taxable)
  • Marking Flags (single) - $0.10 Each (Taxable)
  • Marking Flags (100) - $9.00 Bundle (Taxable)
  • No-Till Drill Rental -
    • ESCH 5507 - $50.00 set-up & delivery, Plus $15.00 per acre (Non-Taxable)
    • ESCH ESCH 5512 - $100.00 set up & delivery, Plus $20.00 per acre (Non-Taxable)
  • Post Pounder Rental - $50 per day and $50 delivery and setup (Non-Taxable)
  • Pictometry 8.5"x11" - $10.00 (Non-Taxable)
  • Pictometry 11"x17" - $20.00 (Non-Taxable)
  • Soil Surveys - $20.00 Each (Non-Taxable)
  • Soil Survey Postage - $6.00 Each (Non-Taxable)
  • GIS Topographical Maps - $10.00 Each (Non-Taxable)
  • Tree Planter Rental - $25.00 Day (Taxable)

The Water Quality Coordinating Committee was established to help protect and conserve the water resources of Tioga County. To achieve this goal the committee uses the expertise and knowledge of its agencies as well as other local, state, and federal cooperating agencies.

Participating Agencies and Organizations -

  • Tioga County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Tioga County Planning Department
  • Tioga County Environmental Health Department
  • Tioga County Solid Waste
  • Town of Owego
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • NYS Soil & Water Conservation Committee

AnnualReport2011.pdf
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WQ.Strategy.2009.pdf
PDF, 2563 KB

Check out our Tioga County Dairy Tails series and visit different dairy farms throughout Tioga County!

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

Grant: Tioga County SWCD Mini-Grant Program

Eligible Applicants: Tioga County NY School Districts

Applications Due: February 16, 2024 at 4:30PM

Send Completed Application To: Danielle Singer at [email protected]

Grant End Date: December 2, 2024

Available Grant Funds: $6,000

Maximum Award per Application: $1,000

 

Grant Description: Tioga County SWCD is offering a mini-grant program to local school districts for the purpose of Conserving, Restoring or Enhancing the Soil and Water Resources of the State. Employees of Tioga County NY school districts can apply for up to $1,000 per application to complete a project that directly conserves, restores or enhances the soil and water resources in their local community. The proposed project should be able to be completed by December 2, 2024. Project ideas include but are not limited to: tree plantings, recycling activities, composting activities, stream clean-ups, water quality monitoring, envirothon activities, rain water collection for use, workshops that directly support or encourage practice adoption, activities related to agricultural best management practices such as rotational grazing, nutrient management and soil health. Applications will be ranked according to cost-effectiveness and how impactful the project will be to conserving, restoring or enhancing soil and water resources by the grant end date. Tioga County SWCD reserves the right to ask additional questions of submitted applications. The following application must be filled out in entirety to be eligible. You may include additional information, photos, maps or materials that may help explain your project.

Application Here: 

2024 RFA Mini-Grant

For Questions or Additional Information, contact Danielle Singer or Wendy Walsh in our office.