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The East Pottawattamie Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) was organized at the request of local residents interested in soil and water conservation. The East Pott SWCD was officially formed in 1942. A charter was issued under the provisions of the Soil Conservation Districts' Law, Code of Iowa, Chapter 467A, on November 20, 1942. In the state of Iowa the geographical boundaries of the County and Conservation District are usually the same. However Pottawattamie County is split into East & West Pottawattamie Conservation Districts. There are 100 total districts in the state.

The SWCD board is composed of five elected Commissioners. They hold monthly meetings that are open to the public. They also conduct periodic Local Working Group meetings to obtain input and investment of community members and organizations. Their conservation efforts include education and outreach, and they form partnerships that protect and improve the soil and water resources of the district. To review the District's current 5- year plan, please click here.

How We Help

The East Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District's mission is to, "conserve Iowa's natural resources through leadership, education, and technical & financial assistance."

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East Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation District
Physical: 321 Oakland Avenue
Mailing: 16 Main Street Oakland, IA 51560
Phone: 712-482-6408
Fax: 855-233-1297


Our East Pottawattamie County farmers and landowners in the rural areas play a key role in preserving our natural resources. Whether you own a small residential acreage or make a living farming there are plenty of ways that you can help!


As an urban resident you make up the largest portion of East Pottawattamie County and play a vital role in storm water management. You can have a big impact on our environment even if you live in a apartment or own a small residential lot.

Local Leaders

Local leaders make important decisions on how to conserve our natural resources in all areas of the county. These decision makers can include city staff, elected officials, agency partners, and developers as well as many others.

Education & Outreach

Conservation education helps people of all ages understand and appreciate our country's natural resources - and learn how to conserve those resources for future generations. Through these programs, people develop critical thinking skills they need to understand the complexities of ecological problems.

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