District Programs


Fish Orders being Accepted

Do you have a pond that needs stocked?  We are now taking orders for bass, blue gill, channel catfish, minnow and white amur until April 20.  Payment cash/check is expected at time of placing the order.  Delivery to SWCD is on Monday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m.  See order form below in Downloads section.


Funding Available to WLEB Farmers to Improve Water Quality

ODA in partnership with the SWCD is providing funding for new assistance programs for farmers to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie.  The Ohio Working Lands Program will encourage producers to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible crop land.  The program will promote conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres.

Van Wert SWCD staff will assist landowners on putting together a plan for installing buffers.  Landowners will be eligible to receive up to $120 per acre for a 5-year contract. The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients entering Ohio waterways to lessen harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. 

Working Lands - Small Grain Program

A voluntary program that encourages producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats, or cereal rye on eligible crop land. As the "working lands" implies, participants must plant and harvest small grains, land apply manure, and plant a cover crop to receive a cost-share payment to help offset operating costs. The program benefits the planting of small grains not only for the conservation benefits, but to provide livestock producers with a longer application window to land apply manure and nutrients.  Landowners will receive $75 per acre cost-share. 

Long Term Water Quality Study


Since 1989, water samples have been collected from Town Creek, area municipalities and rural wells on a regular basis. They are tested for nitrates, phosphates, and pesticides. 

The results show that Van Wert County is fortunate to have quality water available. Funding for this program has been provided by the Van Wert County Foundation and will ensure continued monitoring and protection of our water in the future.