Richland Soil and Water

Although the office is closed to the public, when it comes to practices that can help keep our water and soil healthy, please turn to us at Richland SWCD. We are more committed than ever to providing you with good, solid information.

The next Board Supervisor meeting will be held Thursday, August  20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Longview Center, 1495 W. Longview Avenue, Suite 205B, Mansfield. If you wish to attend the meeting in person or via video conference, please contact Erica Thomas, District Program Administrator, at 419-747-8684 or thomas.erica@richlandswcd.net prior to the meeting so that enough meeting packets are prepared.  

You may reach us at RSWCD.Data@richlandswcd.net.

Face-to-face stormwater permit approval is temporarily suspended. Stormwater permit applications, checklists and information needed to obtain a stormwater permit are available at https://richlandswcd.net/services/water/stormwater/stormwater-documents-list

Please submit your stormwater permit application, site calculation form and additional documents via email to RSWCD.Data@richlandswcd.net or through US Mail by sending to: Richland SWCD, 1495 W. Longview Ave, Suite 205B, Mansfield, OH  44906.

Stormwater permit fees may be paid by check, payable to Richland SWCD and mailed to the Richland SWCD office. 

Agriculture Pollution Abatement concerns may be reported by calling (614) 265-6610.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time. Be well!

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Board Supervisor Nominations Being Sought

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Rain Barrel Sale

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Online Pesticide Recertification

Begins July 6

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Guide for New Landowners,

Home Buyers or Builders

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Take a Drive on the
Continental Divide

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Soil Testing

Determine the characteristics of your soil.

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CREP Funding Available

Sandusky Watershed Producers Eligible

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Welcome to

Richland Soil & Water

Property owners are faced with many decisions regarding land management, and we can help you meet your goals. We offer assistance with:

  • drainage and erosion concerns
  • flooding
  • pond creation and maintenance
  • forestry management
  • agricultural programs

We also provide Aerial-GPS maps of individual properties.

Don’t forget: if you are moving soil you need to consult with us about getting a stormwater permit so that you are in compliance with the Stormwater Management and Sediment Control Regulations for Richland County.

Let’s work together to keep Richland County green and clean!

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  • Topsoil is the most productive soil layer.
    Topsoil is the most productive soil layer.

    It has varying amounts of organic matter (living and dead organisms), minerals, and nutrients.

  • Richland County has a total area of 318,080 acres.
    Richland County has a total area of 318,080 acres.

    That's 497 square miles!

  • The Continental Divide goes through Richland County.
    The Continental Divide goes through Richland County.

    It separates the runoff that goes to Lake Erie from runoff that goes to the Ohio River. 

  • Richland County has 18 Townships.
    Richland County has 18 Townships.

    It also has 3 cities (Mansfield, Ontario & Shelby) and 6 villages.

  • Everyone lives in a Watershed.
    Everyone lives in a Watershed.

    If you're in Richland County, the water from your watershed travels to either Lake Erie or the Ohio River.

  • Before you move earth on your land,
    Before you move earth on your land,

    you need to contact the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District to see if you need a stormwater permit.

  • It can take over 500 years
    It can take over 500 years

    to form an inch of topsoil in a natural environment not altered by man.

  • The 8 major soils represented in Richland County include:
    The 8 major soils represented in Richland County include:

    Bennington-Cardington, Canfield-Wooster, Loudonville-Lordstown, Pewamo and Shoals.

  • The lowest point of Richland County
    The lowest point of Richland County

    is found in the northwest corner, close to State Route 598 in Plymouth Township at an elevation of 940 feet.

  • The highest point in Richland County
    The highest point in Richland County

    is in the vicinity of Applehill Orchards on Lexington-Ontario Roads at an elevation 1,510 feet above sea level.

  • Many things live in soil, including:
    Many things live in soil, including:

    Plant roots, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, mites, nematodes, worms, ants, maggots, insects, grubs and larger animals.

  • Generally, soil is made of about 25% air,
    Generally, soil is made of about 25% air,

    25% water, 5% organic matter and 45% minerals.

  • The minerals and microbes in soil are responsible
    The minerals and microbes in soil are responsible

    for filtering, buffering, degrading, immobilizing, and detoxifying organic and inorganic materials, including industrial and municipal by-products and atmospheric deposits.

  • Protect our water by using healthy plants to hold soil in place.
    Protect our water by using healthy plants to hold soil in place.

    Use native plants that can withstand the weather conditions in our area or plant cover crops.

  • 1 inch of water spread out over 1 acre of land
    1 inch of water spread out over 1 acre of land

    would be equal to 27,154 gallons!

  • You should have your water tested
    You should have your water tested

    if you have a private well, lake or pond to determine whether or not it is safe to drink and use.