The Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was created on Dec. 23, 1949, as a direct result of the disastrous effects of the Dust Bowl. Since its inception, the mission has been to educate landowners, farmers and the general public on sound conservation practices that help prevent soil erosion and improve water quality. This program will focus on the history and roles of soil and water conservation districts, and specifically, the services and events offered by the Coles County SWCD.
R.J. Alier is the resource conservationist with the Coles County SWCD. He is an EIU alumnus, graduating in 2009 with a B.S. in biological sciences. He has spent the last five years working with agriculture producers and landowners on using best management practices to prevent soil loss, improve water quality and create wildlife habitat.