Harris County Soil and Water Conservation

The Harris County Soil and Water Conservation District (HCSWCD) was organized in 1948 as a recognized unit of state government of Texas. Elected by the landowners in Harris County, a 5-member Board of Directors representing five zones covering the 1.1 million acres in the county provide leadership and focus for voluntary conservation programs

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the District took a leadership role in improving agriculture. It was one of the first locally led conservation districts.

The early 1970’s in Harris County brought urbanization and more emphasis was placed on potential flooding problems and urban encroachment on to flood plains. In 1972, the District was the primary organization responsible for identification of county flood-prone areas, together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Throughout the 1980’s, the District has encouraged the use of a multi-disciplined approach to flood control - utilizing flood-prone areas for recreation and agriculture, floodwater detention basins, undeveloped natural areas, and appropriate channeling of waterways to reduce the impact of flooding within the county.

During the 1990's, the District has been a leader in informing residents about watershed management and presenting ideas to assist in flood reduction. For example, the District worked closely with the Harris County Flood Control District to rebuild after Tropical Storm Francis.

As the 2000's unfold, by means of new information and education programs, it continues to focus on developing public awareness of urban conservation problems and solutions by means of information and education programs


Conservation districts have a lead role in:

  • Developing annual and long range plans
  • Conducting information and education programs
  • Providing technical assistance when appropriate
  • Approving conservation plans
  • Coordinating local input in program development and implementation, including:
    • Reaching out to the public and bringing stakeholders together
    • Using a conservation needs assessment to analyze local needs
    • Setting local priorities based on public input and needs assessment
    • Recommending BMPs, cost share rates and incentive levels for programs
    • Reviewing and evaluating needs and accomplishments
    • Convening the USDA local work group for EQIP

Contact Harris County Soil and Water Conservation

Cathy Rogers McCoy
District Administrator
Harris Co. Service Center
10808 Huffmeister Rd
Houston, Texas  77065
Cell Phone: 713 397 6996


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Harris County, Texas

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