Welcome to Colonial Soil & Water Conservation District

About Us

Known across the country by various names such as Land Conservation Departments, Natural Resource Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Districts, Resource Conservation Districts, Soil Conservation Districts, or Soil & Water Conservation Districts, “districts” across the land share the common goal to coordinate assistance from all available sources—public and private, local, state, and federal—to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resources concerns. 

Virginia’s 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts are charged with implementing the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share Program (VACS), assisting with the state’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process, and serving as the plan approval authority for the Resource Management Plan Program (RMP). Many districts also participate in the delivery of environmental education programs, conservation and nutrient management planning, assist their localities with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, and implement the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP). 

In addition to those listed above, the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District has a long history of developing targeted programs and initiatives that benefit local water quality, and the local population. Currently, the Colonial SWCD is working with the Williamsburg Community Growers on an urban agriculture program to educate primary, secondary, and collegiate students about conservation, sustainability and environmental responsibility in urbanizing areas. The District is additionally developing a conservation program targeted at the local horse community.     


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Virginia Conservation Assistance Program

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

 The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed.These practices can be installed in areas of your yard where problems like erosion, poor drainage, or poor vegetation occur. Qualified sites shall be used for residential, commercial, or recreational purposes with a proposed practice that addresses a need. 

We Help You Make a Difference....

 Why do Virginia’s waters need improving? Nonpoint source pollution is the leading cause of water quality problems. Rainfall or snowmelt from suburban lawns, golf courses, and paved surfaces picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters.Roads, parking lots, sidewalks, homes, and offices replace natural landscapes. 

Rainfall that once soaked into vegetated ground now becomes stormwater runoff, which flows directly into local waterways.As more natural landscapes are converted to impermeable surfaces or managed turf, stormwater moves across them, carrying pollutants such as sediment and nutrients to vulnerable streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

 Stormdrains you see on the street do not provide any sort of water filtration.  Virginia’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeake Bay identifies that urban/suburban runoff is contributing to impairment and efforts to retro-actively address stormwater runoff from existing impervious surfaces is a priority. VCAP is an opportunity to help you do your part to improve water quality. 

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) Resources

Poster Contest

Conservation Poster Contest


Poster Contest

The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme. 

Posters are due to Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District by October 18, 2017. Contact Sheila Jaruseski at 757-645-4895, for additional information or questions.

District winners will advance to the state level.  Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest.  National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.  Any Girl Scout  or Boy Scout who creates a poster and submits it to the Colonial SWCD for judging can earn the VASWCD Poster Contest Patch.  When submitting a poster to earn the Poster Contest Patch, be sure to check the box on the entry form.  For more information about the VASWCD Poster Contest Patch check out our click on the patch or check out our  Scout Patch Program .   

This year's poster contest theme is "Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!". Please see www.vaswcd.org for additional resources.

Posters are due to Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District  on October 18, 2017. Contact Sheila Jaruseski at 757-645-4895 or or send your posters to Sheila.Jaruseski@colonialswcd.net

Programs and Partnerships

Virginia Agricultural Cost Share program:

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program:

National Association of Conservation Districts:

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ):

                 LOCALITIES WE SERVE:

City of Williamsburg: 


Charles City County: 


James City County: 



New Kent County:


York County:



Contact us


Charles Hill Carter, III (Chm.), Charles City County 

E: charles@remadeland.com


Tim B. Beale (V.Chm),  York County

E: timothy.b.beale@dom.com


Robert E. Lund, Jr. (Sec.),  James City County

E: robert.lund@colonialswcd.net


Charles H. Evelyn, III (Tr.),  New Kent County 

E: charles.evelyn@colonialswcd.net


Fred Browning,  Charles City County

E: Lf4browning@gmail.com


Norman Hofmeyer,   Charles City County 

E: normanhofmeyer@aol.com


Robert Jeremiah,  New Kent County

E: bob.jeremiah@colonialswcd.net

Charlie Morse,  City of Williamsburg  

E: charles.morse@colonialswcd.net

Edward T. Overton, Jr.,   James City County

E: eoverton@vt.edu

William Karaktin,  York County 

E: karaktins@gmail.com

Dick Phillips, City of Williamsburg 

E: rsphillips1@cox.net


Jim Wallace, District Manager

E: jim.wallace@colonialswcd.net

Sheila Jaruseski, Office Coordinator 

E: sheila.jaruseski@colonialswcd.net

Tom Dunlap, Conservation Specialist 

E: tom.dunlap@colonialswcd.net



Colonial Soil & Water Conservation District

3402 Acorn St., Suite 103, Williamsburg, VA 23188

(757) 645-4895


Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed