Soil and Water Conservation District

Lake County Florida

Lake Louisa State Park

Lake County Florida

About Lake County SWCD

Our Purpose

The mission of the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District is to reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts.


Lake Soil and Water
Conservation District

Mobile Irrigation Lab
Adam Boykin, Specialist
Nick Zurasky, Specialist
Aaron Grimes, Technician
Sean Tracy, Technician



Board Members

Banks Helfrich – Chair, Seat 1


Maryann Krisovitch – Treasurer, Seat 2Maryann Krisovitch


Cassandra Brown – Seat 3


Jeffrey Rabinowitz – Vice Chair, Seat 4


Robert Myatt – Seat 5

Board Meetings
The Board of Supervisors’ regular meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, FL 32778. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, email

2021 Meeting Dates

Jan. 20
March 24
April 20*
May 19
June 16

*Note April meeting

day is a Tuesday


July 21
Aug. 18
Sept. 15
Oct. 20
Nov. 17
Dec. 15



What We Do

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was established October 9, 1950 under Florida Statutes 582 by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of the county’s soil, water and related natural resources.

The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Lake County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, convert irrigation systems and inform the public about conservation problems.

A Code of Ethics has been adopted by the district.  For Code of Ethics Information. View Code of Ethics Here.

The Lake County SWCD operates under Florida Statutes 582 under the Florida Legislature.

Charter / creation document (Community development districts may reference Chapter 190, Florida Statutes – Community Development Districts, as the uniform charter, but must include information relating to any grant of special powers)

Statute or statutes under which the special district operates, if different from the statute or statutes under which the special district was established. Suggest including Chapter 189, Florida Statutes – Uniform Special District Accountability Act


Service Area

The Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District serves all of Lake County in the area of the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.

Services Provided

  • Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices

  • Conservation education, programs and information

  • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems

  • Develop and update irrigation water management plans

  • Soil surveys and historical maps

  • Youth education


Educational Programs

The Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Lake County communities. Through community support and fundraising efforts, the district is working to build the number of services we are able to offer.

The annual Envirothon, Poster & Speech Contest and Land Judging are some of the educational programs with which we are currently involved.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, in having a district supervisor work with you on a project or in offering your support for our work, please contact:

Land Judging

Date: 2021 date has passed

Land Judging is an exciting  contest in which Middle and High School students observe and interpret the soil in order to make wise land use decisions.

The skills the teens use at the contest involve principles that can be valuable in career fields like environmental and agricultural management, natural resources conservation, home building, engineering, and construction. Students can compete at the local, state, and national levels.

The Lake SWCD will join Sumter SWCD to host local middle and high school student teams to test their knowledge by judging soils from four pits that are selected by a Soil Scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In each class (Middle School and High School) the local county winner may compete at the state contest in that respective class.

Top placing teams in the state contest are eligible to compete at the National Land Judging Contest held at the end of April.

For more information contact

Poster Contest

Deadline:  May 14, 2021
Theme:  “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities”
Poster drop off times: Mon-Thurs noon – 4:30pm
Address: 1302 S. Duncan Dr. Bldg E, Tavares

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual Stewardship theme. The contest is co-sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. District winners advance to the state level. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

2021 Contest Info
2021 Contest Rules
2021 Entry Form

For more information contact Maryann Krisovitch at



March 25, 2021

The Regional Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. It is a unique outdoor competition that requires teamwork and the application of knowledge in the five areas listed below:

  • Aquatics – water ecology, water chemistry, water quality, and aquatic life.
  • Current Environmental Issues – annually selected topics such as energy sources, ground water, Gulf of Mexico environmental concerns or other current issues.
  • Forestry – tree identification, tree ecology, insects, and timber.
  • Soils – classification, formation, soil properties, profiles, and site suitability.
  • Wildlife – habitat, identification, food, disease, and management.

Each team consists of five students. Schools can enter more than one team, but no more than six teams. The five-member teams are led by an advisor in studying prepared resource materials in the five areas including a selected current environmental issue.

Schools can enter more than one team, but no more than six teams. During the competition, the students will rotate to the five testing stations.The Regional Envirothon is sponsored by the Lake and Marion Soil and Water Conservation Districts, bringing together soil scientists, wildlife experts, foresters, park and recreational leaders, and other environmental specialists to challenge students to learn about our natural resources.

For more information contact Robert Myatt

Speech Contest

No Speech Contest planned for 2021

Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors an annual speech contest, which is designed to develop leadership and stimulate interest in conserving natural resources.

Check back for more details coming soon.


Budget Information


The District’s fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th annually.

To view the District’s annual financial report visit the Department of Financial Services:

This includes the final, complete audit report for the most recent completed fiscal year ending September 30.

Get in Touch!

Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District

PO Box 1512, Tavares, FL 32778