The Latah Soil and Water Conservation District was created in 1940 as a response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. Working closely with the national Soil Conservation Service they focused their initial efforts on preventing and mitigating soil erosion on agricultural lands. Through the years there have been over 75 landowners in Latah county elected to be District supervisors. They have represented Latah county for as little as 1 year and as long as 40 years. Over the years the Latah SWCD has expanded it’s mission to include the conservation of water and other natural resources. Today the Latah SWCD helps landowners in Latah County reduce erosion and improve soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat by securing funding and providing technical assistance.