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!


Allisonville Nursery
11405 Allisonville Rd. Fishers, IN 46038

White's Ace Hardware
Carmel- 731 S. Rangeline Rd. Carmel, IN 46032
Geist- 10941 E. 79th St. Indianapolis, IN 46236
Nora- 8502 Westfield Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46240

Native Plants Unlimited
(annual spring plant sale at Geist Nursery)

9890 Mollenkopf Rd. Fishers, IN 46037

Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46208

Sullivan Hardware & Garden
6955 N. Keystone Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220


Go Green, Grow Native

The Hamilton County SWCD has partnered with the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) Central Chapter to expand the Go Green, Grow Native program in Marion and Hamilton Counties.  Visit any of the following retailers and look for the Go Green, Grow Native logo to identify the Indiana native plants that are available!

Visit us at the

2014 Hamilton County 4-H Fair
July 17-22, 2014

Photo Contest:

We received many entries in our first annual 4-H Fair Photo Contest.  Stop by the sWCD tent to view all entries and the winners in each category!

"The SWCD invites amateur photographers of all ages to take part in the first annual 4-H Fair SWCD photo contest.   Cash prizes are available in adult and youth competitions for photos in three categories: Conservation Practices, Wildlife, and Farm Scenes."

Painted Rain Barrel Silent Auction

5 rain barrels are available this year in the silent auction.  3 barrels were painted by area youth and feature flowers, tropical fish, and the White River and native Indian fish. One barrel is primed and ready for you to add your own design! 

The 5th barrel will be painted by local artist Leanna Pagdin on Saturday July 19th and be available for bids!

Don't miss this opportunity to get a unique rain barrel and support SWCD programs!

Don't miss the rain barrel painting demonstration on Saturday July 19th!

Starting at 10 AM, local artist Leanna Pagdin will be painted a rain barrel and you can see it happen-- start to finish!

You can even take home Leanna's work by placing a bid in the silent auction!

Other items in the SWCD fair booth include info on invasive species and the invasive species survey, Farm Service Agency info, and information on the On Farm Network.