Florida Legislature established Florida’s Soil & Water Conservation Districts, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, in 1937, under Florida Statutes 582. The Districts were initiated by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of soil, water and related natural resources. The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Marion County through conservation of its natural resources.
The Marion Soil & Water Conservation District (MSWCD) works closely with other agencies, like the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, and inform the public about conservation problems.
The District practices the Code of Ethics as stated by the Florida Commission on Ethics.
The Marion Soil & Water Conservation District operates under Florida Statutes 582 under the Florida Legislature, since its creation on December 13, 1941.