1717 Pleasant St. Suite 100
Noblesville, IN 46060
Phone: (317) 773-2181
Fax: (317) 776-1101
As the Dust Bowl raged in the early 1930's, soil scientist Hugh Hammond Bennett brought the serious issue of soil erosion to Congress' attention. The Soil Erosion Service was created in response, however, as seventy-five percent of US land was privately owned, Congress soon realized that buy-in to the program would result from local level programming.
In 1937, the Indiana SWCD Act, IC 14-32, was created to provide local leadership in carrying out soil conservation programs. As county SWCD's were created all over the state, the practices they promoted shifted from improving production capacity, crop rotations, liming, and drainage improvements to runoff reduction, off-site impacts of sediments, and nutrients and pesticides effects on water quality in the 70's and 80's, to federally funded Farm Bill conservation programs, no-till, and cover crop practices.
SWCD's are sub-divisions of state government. Each district is governed by a board of five supervisors. Three supervisors are elected at an annual meeting of land occupiers and two are appointed by the State Soil Conservation Board. All supervisors serve staggered three year terms. As public officials, they subscribe to a standard public oat of office. Supervisors are assisted by local professional staff who are usually county employees.
Looking for Hamilton County aerial,
historical, or floodplain maps?
Visit the Map Resources page to
learn about the resources available to you!
Get how to info on conservation practices with our info sheets!
Info sheets on a variety of practices can
be found on the Backyard Conservation Page!
Painted Rain Barrel Silent Auction
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to view and bid on the 5 painted rain barrels! Special thanks to local artist, Leanna Pagdin, for sharing her artistry with us for the rain barrel painting demonstration and crafting an amazing 4-H animal carousel barrel.
Women Caring for the Land: Free Conservation Discussion
and Field Tour
August 19, 2014
- 3:00 p.m.
County REMC Building
own or manage farmland in and around Boone and Hamilton Counties are invited to
participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour. The program is called Women Caring for the
Caring for the Land offers
a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk
about their individual land stewardship goals.
The discussion is facilitated by women conservationists who will share
resources available such as USDA cost-share programs and other tools. Staff will be present from the sponsoring
organizations, as well as USDA-NRCS.
lunch will be provided! After the morning women-only discussion,
there will be an optional 2-hour tour of conservation practices on the farmland
around Lebanon. Those participating in
the tour should bring sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
grateful for funding provided by a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural
Resources Conservation Service.
Space is limited for this unique opportunity so please
RSVP by 4:00 p.m. Thursday August 14, to Boone County SWCD by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (765)482-6355 x 134. If you need accommodation or if you have any conservation
topics in particular you would like to discuss, please notify Scheryl when you
Special thanks to the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp for painting two of our rain barrels and the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Kotewii Gardening Club for painting the White River/Native Fish barrel!