Crawford Soil & Water Conservation District
3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419)-562-8280


    Our mission is to encourage and assist the people of Crawford County in making decisions for the wise use of our natural resources to provide a quality environment for all.

Conservation Districts are locally organized self-governing bodies chartered by the State. Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners (and other stake holders), the District works to conserve land, water, forest, wildlife and other related resources for the benefit of all.

Cover Crop Opportunity

The Crawford Soil & Water Conservation District is offering producers the opportunity to seed cover crops into standing crops for late summer 2015.  The SWCD is offering two seed options for fall cover crops, cereal rye and a more diverse cover crop mix of cereal rye, rapeseed, vetch and clover.  Applications will be performed with a high clearance air seeder through Buckeye Soil Solutions in August.  Minimum field size is approximately 10 acres, with no maximum acreage.  Program cost will start at $35.15/acre, which includes application and seed cost.  Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Crawford SWCD office before June 15, 2015 for an application.  Cost share funds may be available for this program.  If you would like more information on this application program or cover crops in general, please contact the Crawford SWCD office at 419-562-8280. 

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Spring Brings a Flush of Activities…..and Lots of Rain!


Spring has definitely sprung and right along with it are those “oh so familiar” spring rain showers.  As we prepare for summer, remember to maintain the storm water drainage on your property.  Ensure that gutters are clean and free of debris left from last fall and winter.  Likewise, ensure that the street grates in front of your home are free of debris and trash.  This is a great time to recycle those semi composted leaves and place them on the garden or in your compost pile.  Don’t forget to clean and inspect your rain barrel to insure that it will function properly for your upcoming gardening activities.

 As you are planning your flower beds and landscaping this spring, consider installing a rain garden.  Rain gardens pull double duty around your home:  they are full of colorful, flowering plants that add beauty to the landscape and they store and recycle storm water.  Rain gardens are a great way to filter runoff and keep pollutants out of our rivers and streams. The Crawford SWCD has grant funds to assist Bucyrus residents  interested in planting a rain garden on their property.   For information on the grant or for more tips on how to recycle storm water on your property, contact the Crawford SWCD at 419-562-8280 or visit online at