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Soil & Water Conservation District

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Mission Statement

The Soil and Water Conservation District was created in 1967 to develop and carry out a program of soil, water and related natural resource conservation by providing technical assistance and programs to residents, landowners and units of government. This department is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday (except from mid-June through mid-September, when the hours are 8am to 4pm).

Contact Department of Public Works (DPW)

  • Office | 845.878.6331

  • Fax | 845.808.1908

  • Address | 842 Fair Street Carmel, New York 10512

  • Thomas Feighery

  • Neal Tomann

    Interim Soil & Water District Manager

Soil & Water
Conservation District

Services Offered

Putnam County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board

The Putnam County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (PCAFPB) was formed in 1997 to advise the County legislature on actions that impact farms, and review Agricultural District petitions submitted during the Annual Enrollment period of April 1st through April 30th.  The PCAFPB shall also develop, assess, and approve county agricultural and farmland protection plans.  The PCAFPB is a resource for farmers, landowners, and municipalities regarding any agricultural concerns within Putnam County.

Soil & Water Conservation District Affiliate Agency Links

List of Soil & Water Conservation District agencies that we have worked with over the years.

Storm Water Outreach Affiliate Agency Links

List of Storm Water Outreach agencies that we have worked with over the years.

Putnam County’s 2024 Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Soil and Water Conservation have teamed up again to offer a wonderful selection of trees and shrubs. The seedling sale has a long-standing tradition of planting trees and shrubs that create habitat and protect water quality. Trees reduce the amount of storm-water runoff, which reduces erosion and water pollution while stabilizing shorelines, reducing the effects of flooding. And our selection of plants includes native trees, shrubs, and perennials that support birds and pollinators.


How can I obtain a soil survey?

By mail: Send a check for $25 made payable to the Putnam County Commissioner of Finance, and the survey will be mailed to you.
In person: Come to the office to purchase the survey for a cost of $25.

Do you test soil or water?

The department does not do soil or water testing.

Help with online mapping & land use resources

For map information and more please click the Learn More button below.

Additional Services provided include:

  • Soil survey interpretation
  • Site reviews
  • Technical assistance related to erosion and sediment control
  • Water management
  • Conservation planning
  • Agricultural assessments
  • Pond site investigations
  • Educational information and outreach
  • Mapping & Drone services
  • Annual Tree Program
  • MS4 Stormwater Education and Outreach Materials

Affiliate Agency Links


How can I obtain a soil survey?

Soil surveys and Soil Group Worksheets can be obtained by calling the Soil and Water Conservation desk at

845-878-7918 or send an email request to

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Do you test soil or water?

The department does not do soil or water testing.

Contact Us

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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