As with most natural resource management and environmental agencies, Ohio's Soil and Water Conservation programs grew out of necessity.
1934 Dust Bowl Dust Storm.
1941 -Creation of Ohio Soil and Water
By the 1930s, soil and water resources nationwide had been abused to the point of collapse....
1934 - Worst Dust Storm of the Dust Bowl
1935 - Federal Soil Conservation Act
1941 - Ohio Soil Conservation District Enabling Act (HB 646)
Creation of Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission
1942 - First Ohio Soil Conservation District (Highland) formed
1943 - OFSWCD formed with 3 SWCD members
1949 - ODNR created (Amended Senate Bill 13)
Division of Lands and Soil is one of original 7 ODNR Divisions
1963 - 88th Ohio SWCD formed (Lucas)
1969 - Division of Soil and Water Districts created in ODNR
1982 - Division of Soil and Water Conservation created by merger of
Division of Soil and Water Districts
Division of Lands and Soil, and
2 Division of Water programs
2009 - Division of Soil and Water Resources created by merger of
Division of Soil and Water Conservation and Division of Water