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The Soil and Water Department is currently working remotely under regular business hours, from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m (Monday-Friday). However, offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19. Presently staff is continuing to administer District programs, making site visits (by appointment only), and returning phone calls/emails as requested. For assistance requests, please call 919-560-0558, 984-260-5969, or email


Eddie Culberson, Director
201 E. Main Street

5th floor
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-560-0558
FAX: 919-328-6192

Hours: 7:00 AM-5:00 PM


Mission Statement
To conserve, enhance and promote the natural resources of Durham County by providing technical assistance, environmental education information and economic incentives to County citizens and by exhibiting a diversified program to meet its changing needs.

The District is a governmental subdivision of the State; a public body organized in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 139 of the General Statutes of North Carolina and is subject to the powers and restrictions as outlined in G. S. 139.
Under this law, the District has the responsibility of conserving soil, water, and related natural resources within the District boundary. The District board is made up of five Supervisors (two appointed and three elected and six Associate Supervisors).


Vision Statement
To address all natural resources on every acre in Durham County in a way that will benefit the environment, wildlife, its people, and the natural resources themselves, plus produce an environmentally conscious group of citizens who will set a trend of conserving, enhancing and promoting our natural resource base. 

2020 Durham Soil and Water Conservation District Board Meeting dates

All Durham SWCD meetings will be held on the First Monday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Soil and Water Conference Room (201 E Main St., floor 5, Durham, NC 27701) unless otherwise indicated below:

Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (second Monday of the month) 

Monday, September 14, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (second Monday of the month)

Next meeting: Monday, July 13, 2020 (Zoom meeting)

Topic: Durham Soil and Water Conservation District Board Meeting
Time: Jun 13, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 875 8152 7284

Call in number: 1-646-558-8656 US (New York)


Farmland Protection Advisory Board Meetings

All Farmland Protection Advisory Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month unless indicated below (721 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701).  The meetings start at 8:00 am.

Thursday, July 16, 2020 (ZOOM Meeting) at 8:00 a.m.                                                        

Topic: Farmland Protection Advisory Board Meeting

Time: Jul 16, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 828 5172 6786

Call in number: 1-646-558-8656 US (New York)