About the District

District Services & Programs

Mission Statement:

"It is the mission of the Broome County Soil & Water Conservation District to assist citizens and units of local government in making sound decisions concerning the management of soil, water, and related natural resources"

Assisting with the County's Natural Resources


The Broome County Soil & Water Conservation District is the lead agency for nonpoint source pollution abatement, municipal stormwater assistance, technical planning and grant writing for natural resource issues, and the design and implementation of agricultural Best Management Practices in the County. Property owners may receive technical information as it pertains to soil, water and other natural resource issues on their property.

The District is operated by four full-time staff:

Executive Director - Charles McElwee
Secretary/Asst. Treasurer - Holly Lurenz
Grazing Specialist - Justin Puglisi
Natural Resource Asst. - Benjamin Peak

The District is governed by a Board of Directors. The current members:

Ron Heebner, County Legislator
Kelly Wildoner, County Legislator
Lester Price, Farm Bureau
David Bradstreet, Grange
Barbara Hemedinger, Member at Large
Michael Donahue, Member at Large
Alex Urda, Member at Large

2016 Broome County SWCD Board Meetings
4 p.m. @ USDA Service Center 1163 Upper Front St., Binghamton, NY

January 19
February 16
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21

July 19
August 16
Septeptember 20
October 18
November 15
December 20


The Natural Resources Conservation Service works closely with the SWCD on many project & activities. The NRCS staff located in Broome County are:

District Conservationist: Elena Steele
Soil Conservationist: Alana Covington

To contact us:
Phone: 607-724-9268 x5
1163 Upper Front Street
Binghamton , NY 13905