Ohio soil and water conservation district law, Chapter 940 of the Ohio revised code enables local soil and water conservation districts (SWCD), in addition to their other responsibilities, to construct improvements for natural resource conservation and development. Called, Conservation Works of Improvement (CWI), these are projects to conserve soil resources, control and prevent soil erosion, flood prevention, and the conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water within a district.
The purpose of this legislation was to enable local people and local units of government to initiate, construct, and maintain natural resource works of improvement through the legal authority of Soil and Water Conservation Districts working cooperatively with the boards of county commissioners. Any landowner located in a soil and water conservation district may petition for construction of CWI. The authorities in Chapter 940 may be utilized to accomplish a project whether or not state funds are used in the project. The guidelines in this chapter describes step-by-step procedures for planning and constructing improvements for natural resource conservation and development.
Additional guidance is found within the Frequently Asked Questions document linked here.