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Lake County, Ohio - Soil & Water Conservation District


    For over 60 years, soil and water districts have been working with the agriculture industry to conserve and protect soil resources.  Lake SWCD continues that tradition by providing technical advice and assistance for owners of agricultural lands, and promoting local agricultural-based businesses.  We are also working to protect the unique vineyard growing region of Northeast Ohio through education, conservation and sustainability of the industry.

    Farming and Ranching Under the New “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

    On August 28, 2015, the new rule recently issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defining “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) will officially go into effect. The rule expands federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over many landscape features found on private lands— including farm, ranch and forest lands across the nation. As a result, many essential and commonplace farming, ranching and forestry practices may now result in “discharges” of “pollutants” into WOTUS that require a CWA permit. Unauthorized discharges to WOTUS will be a violation of federal law, subject to large potential penalties in enforcement by the government or private citizens. This document provides information to help farmers and ranchers understand which features on their lands may be WOTUS, which activities may cause a violation of the law and where to go for help. 

    Farming and Ranching Under the New “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

    Agricultural Economic Impact Studies Series

    Nurseries and produce farms account for much of the agricultural land use in Lake County, which is consistently one of the highest ranked counties in Ohio in terms of income from agriculture.  Vineyards are an appealing sight along the Grand River.

    Lake SWCD partnered with other agencies to assess the economic impacts of the agricultural industries in Lake County between 2007 and 2013.  Click on the links below to view the individual reports.

    An Economic Impact Analysis of Lake County Agriculture, Executive Summary July 2014

    Agriculture's Economic Impact in Lake County Ohio, Executive Summary, July 2014

    Economic Impact Analysis of the Crop, Livestock, Viticulture, and Horticulture Industries in Lake County, Ohio for the Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District, August 2013