Established in 1944, the District is a political subdivision of the State created by the state legislature. The District is under the oversight of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – Division of Soil and Water Conservation – District Operations Section. We are responsible under state law for conservation work within the boundaries of New Castle County. In the beginning, financial and technical assistance was primarily provided to agricultural producers and other landowners interested in conserving soil and protecting water quality. As the county developed, programs and priorities reflected the changing suburban landscape. Non-agricultural drainage, streambank erosion, and flood control projects became part of District activities.