Hancock County
Soil & Water Conservation District


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Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District

Making Conservation Work For You Since 1963.

Our mission:

The Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District provides local conservation leadership, teaches the value of natural resources, encourages conservation efforts, and helps to  plan and implement voluntary programs. Each District program is different and unique to the area that it services, because the programs are developed by local people to solve local problems.

What's New:  


We recently recieved grants through the Eastern Maine Conservation Initiative and the Maine Community Foundation to start a Downeast Maine Marine Sediment Monitoring Project to measure mudflat pH levels.  For more information see our Marine Sediment Monitoring Project page.


Upcoming workshop:




In 2015 we recieved two State Infastructure Bond Grants for stream crossings in Hancock County- Winkumpaugh Brook crossing in Orland and the Fitts Mountain Brook in Lucerne. 

This fall, working with the town of Orland, the City of Ellsworth, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Project SHARE, Nature Conservancy, and Maine DEP, we replaced the failing and undersized culverts with a new concrete open-bottom arch culvert.

Winkumpaugh Brook before construction Winkumpaugh Brook after construction 



Installation of the Winkumpaugh Brook open bottom arch culvert. What a great partnership between the District, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, Project SHARE, the City of Ellsworth, Town of Orland, and Maine DEP.

We plan to replace the Fitts Mountain Brook structure in 2016.






All programs and services of the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory bases without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.  Persons who require alternative means of communication of program information should contact USDA’s Target Center at (207) 720-2600.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W Whitten Bldg. 14th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (292) 720-5964.