How Did Soil and Water Conservation Districts Come To Be Formed?
1930s Dust Storm
Although many soil conservation activities occurred in the United States in the 1920s, it wasn't until the 1930s that actions became serious. On May 12, 1934, the worst dust storm in the nation's history swept eastward from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Ocean, obscuring the sun and depositing obvious films of dust as it moved.
This catastrophic storm served as the catalyst for public outcry and congressional action for soil and water conservation throughout the nation. Read the entire SWCD history