Hamilton County Soil and Water
Conservation District

1717 Pleasant St. Suite 100

Noblesville, IN 46060

Phone: (317) 773-2181

Fax: (317) 776-1101

Mission Statement

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District provides our community with conservation leadership and quality service dedicated to improving and sustaining our natural resources. 


SWCD Purpose

The purpose of a Soil and Water Conservation District, or SWCD, is to provide infoermation about soil, water, and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of educations, technical and financial assistance, to implement conservation practices and technologies.

SWCD History

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 Structure

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!

Fall Native Tree Sale

30 native trees and shrubs are available in this year's fall native tree sale.  Visit the Tree Sale page to view availability and download an order form. Orders are due September 24th!

Photo Contest

We had a great turnout for our first annual photo contest.  50 entries were received and winners in the categories of Conservation Practices, Farm Scene, and Wildlife were chosen for youth and adult categories.  You can view the winning photos on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/hamiltonswcd. Be on the lookout for entry details for next year!

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


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Boone County REMC Building

Lebanon, IN



Women who 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 Land.


Women 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.


A free 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.


We are 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 svaughn@co.boone.in.us 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 RSVP.



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!