About Us

Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District

The mission of the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide leadership, education and technical assistance in the management and conservation of agricultural and natural resources by integrating and disseminating local, state and federal resources.

Education & Outreach Programs

  • Agriculture & Conservation Day at Oxford Fair
  • Agriculture & Conservation Family Day at Waterford Fair
  • Oxford County Register of Big Trees
  • District Day at the Hall of Flags in Augusta
  • Envirothon
  • LakeSmart Presentations
  • Native Plant Sale
  • OCSWCD Photo Contest
  • Ossipee Fair
  • Plantings for Wildlife Habitat Enhancement
  • Skidder Bridge Rental
  • Tenmile River Demonstration Forest in Brownfield/Hiram
  • Water Quality Protection for Homeowners
  • Watershed Model Demonstrations in Classrooms
  • Yardscaping: Chemical Free Lawn Care

Technical Seminars/Workshops

  • ATV Trail Maintenance Seminar
  • Basic GIS Mapping Applications
  • Farm Pond Construction & Trout Stocking Workshop
  • Gravel Road Maintenance
  • Introductory GPS Unit Use Class
  • Invasive Aquatic Plants
  • Invasive Forest Pests
  • Invasive Terrestrial Plants
  • Septic Installation & Maintenance Training

Resource Planning/Protection

  • Coordinate and conduct Watershed, Riparian Habitat and Stream Corridor Surveys
  • Plan, apply for and implement conservation related grant projects
  • Stream Culvert Assessments for Fish passage

Technical Assistance/Fee for Service

  • Best Management Practice (BMP) Evaluations
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Plans and Plan Review
  • GIS Mapping
  • Gravel/Camp Road Evaluations and Maintenance Plans
  • LakeSmart Evaluations
  • Permit by Rule Assistance for landowners
  • Shoreline Stabilization issues
  • Site Plan and Subdivision Peer Review for Town Planning Boards
  • Storm Water Control Plan Review
  • Town/Municipal Assistance: 3rd Party Compliance Inspection (ME DEP Certified)
  • Vegetative Buffer Recommendations and Designs


Cooper Spring

Cooper Spring is a public, road-side spring owned and operated by the District. It is located on Mt. Mica Road on property that was the former homestead of Fred and Estella Pearson Cooper, who settled in this area in 1881. The spring water is tested monthly for coliform bacteria and annually for nitrates and nitrites to assure that it is safe to drink according to Maine Drinking Water Program standards. The water is of very high quality and purity (we receive complimentary notes and comments about it all the time!) Recent interest in it’s mineral content and other water quality parameters prompted us to get it tested for a larger group of common elements. We were very pleased with the results.

If you would like to see the results of our bacteria tests from 2017 to present and the Comprehensive Test click on the links below.

Cooper Spring Test Results

ComprehensiveTest Results 2015