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 prior to the meeting so that enough meeting packets are prepared.  

You may reach us at

Face-to-face stormwater permit approval is temporarily suspended. Stormwater permit applications, checklists and information needed to obtain a stormwater permit are available at

Please submit your stormwater permit application, site calculation form and additional documents via email to 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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Watersheds of Richland County, Ohio

All Watersheds

Note: Impervious surface permit icons, land use icons, and livestock icons do not necessarily indicate exact locations. They are approximate locations on the same land parcel.

Rocky Fork:
Begins near Mansfield/Ontario → goes through Mansfield → joins Black Fork River East of Lucas
Map showing the Rocky Fork Watershed

Soil Type in the Rocky Fork Watershed

  • Shoals-Chili-Wheeling
  • Fitchville-Luray-Bennington
  • Pewamo-Bennington
  • Rittman-Wadsworth
  • Bennington-Cardington
  • Wooster-Loudonville
  • Lordstown-Loudonville
  • Wooster-Canfield

More information on these soil types


Impervious Areas

Total Impervious Areas Created in the Rocky Fork Watershed*

2,705,851 sq. ft.

Residential Permits

(Homes, Pole Barns, Additions, etc.)




Least Area Created

sq. ft.


Most Area Created

sq. ft.



(Less than 2,000 square feet created)




Least Area Created

sq. ft.


Most Area Created

sq. ft.


Commercial Permits




Least Area Created

sq. ft.

2004, 2012

Most Area Created

sq. ft.


*This figure does not include impervious areas from prior to 2000

**Agriculture is included in permit exemptions


Impervious Areas Created in the Rocky Fork Watershed by Year