Soil and Water Conservation District

Welcome to Brevard County, Florida

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About Brevard SWCD


Our Purpose

The mission of the Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide the administration of programs to conserve soil and improve water quality and quantity on private lands in Brevard County.

The Brevard County Soil and Water Conservation Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Cocoa Agriculture center.



Brevard SWCD
Mike Engelgau

Board Members

Bud Crisafulli

Adam Tritt
Vice Chairman

James Sloan

Jonathan Schuman

Chelsea Partridge


What We Do

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Brevard Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was established October 9, 1950 under Florida Statutes 582 by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of the County’s soil, water and related natural resources. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Osceola County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Brevard Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, convert irrigation systems and inform the public about conservation problems.

A Code of Ethics has been adopted by the district.  For Code of Ethics Information. View Code of Ethics Here.

The Brevard SWCD operates under Florida Statutes 582 under the Florida Legislature.

Service Area

The Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District serves all of Brevard County in the area of the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.  We are located at the UF/Brevard Extension Service, 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa, Fl. 32926


Services Provided

  • Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices

  • Conservation education, programs and information

  • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems

  • Develop and update irrigation water management plans

  • Soil surveys and historical maps

  • Local government advice and assistance
  • Youth education
  • Invasive plant control


Sponsored Events

The Brevard County Soil and Water Conservation District helps sponsors many great educational programs throughout the County. Among them are the Annual Run Through the Ranch, The Wickham Community Garden, and the Brevard County Water Summit in 2016.

The Run Through the Ranch is a 5K Run that last year was run through the Nail Ranch. Its mission is to support local sustainable agriculture, which stimulates and enhances economic development and develop public awareness of the importance of agriculture to the local community and economy.

The Community Garden at Wickham Park was developed by UF/IFAS Extension in Brevard County in partnership with Brevard County Parks & Recreation. The garden is located at the Wickham Park Equestrian Center.

The Brevard County Water Summit was a day of presentations highlighting topics such as water quantity and quality, the hydrology of Brevard County, and Agricultural Water Policy Issues.



Budget Information


The District’s fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th annually.

To view the District’s annual financial report visit the Department of Financial Services:

This includes the final, complete audit report for the most recent completed fiscal year ending September 30.

Get in Touch!

Brevard Soil & Water Conservation District
Mike Engelgau
Phone: 321-349-2328

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