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.     

Programs and Partnerships

Virginia's  Soil and Water Districts:  http://vaswcd.org/

Virginia Department of Forestry:


Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation:


 Virginia Agricultural Cost Share program:  http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/costshar2 

National Association of Conservation Districts:

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ):

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program:  http://vaswcd.org/vcap 


City of Williamsburg: 


Charles City County: 


James City County: 



New Kent County:


York County:



Annual Reports

Annual Report Fiscal Year 2017 (pdf)


Annual Report Fiscal Year 2016 (pdf)



No upcoming events.


2018 VASWCD Educational Foundation Scholarship Awards Program

 Four $1,000 scholarships will be given statewide this year. All information including the application is available on the  VASWCD website:   http://vaswcd.org/student-scholarships  

2018 VASWCD Photo Contest

 2018 Photo Contest, we’d like you to take photos that showcase “Conservation through the seasons.”      The contest is from Feb. 1st- Aug. 15th, 2018 and people can submit up to 10 photos.  For more information please check out the VASWCD website  http://vaswcd.org/photocontest  

NACD 2018 Poster Contest

 2018 Theme -  “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”.  The deadline for submission to our District is  October 19th, 2018.  Posters must be submitted to Colonial Soil & Water District.  For information please contact Sheila Jaruseski, 757-645-4895. For more information please see:  http://vaswcd.org/poster-contest

The 42nd year of the Youth Conservation Camp

Students in our District enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 school year are eligible to attend.   The application is available by contacting Sheila Jaruseski @ sheila.jaruseski@colonialswcd.net or calling 757-645-4895. The deadline for consideration is April 14, 2018.    

2018 Holiday Lake Forestry Camp

 The Virginia Department of Forestry, in cooperation with natural resource conservation agencies and organizations, has proudly administered Holiday Lake Forestry Camp for more than 70 years. This unique camping experience is for boys and girls ages 13-16 with an interest in forestry or other natural resources, who are nominated to attend, who live in Virginia, and who have not been to Forestry Camp before.  For more information:  http://dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp/ or contact Sheila.jaruseski@colonialswcd.net


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’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. 

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) Resources

Scout Patch Program

Boy and Girl Scout Patch Program


The VASWCD Scout Patch Program is open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to further their interest and education in conservation topics. 

 Currently four patches and relevant curriculum are available. 


For more information about the VASWCD  Patch Program , please check out the program and pathces at   Scout Patch Program .   

Contact Sheila Jaruseski at 757-645-4895 or Sheila.Jaruseski@colonialswcd.net, for further information or inquiries.

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

Robyn Goad, Urban Ag Ed Specialist

E:  robyn.goad@colonialswcd.net

Tom Dunlap, Conservation Specialist 

E: tom.dunlap@colonialswcd.net




Freedom of Information Act

Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act:The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees. 

 To request records from our District, direct your request to the FOIA Officer, Sheila Jaruseski. She can be reached at P.O. Box 695, Norge, VA  23127, phone 757-645-4895, email sheila.jaruseski@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