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.

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4-H Fair Painted Rain Barrel Silent Auction

Thank you to everyone who placed a bid in our painted rain barrel silent auction! All proceeds went back to the summer camp artists and SWCD education programs.

A special thank you also goes to our camp artists!
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Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation- Outdoor Explorers
Town of Fishers Parks and Recreation Summer Camps
City of Noblesville Parks and Recreation Summer Camps
City of Westfield Parks and Recreation- Westfield in Bloom
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation- Koteewi Gardening Club

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Cost Share Assistance Deadline


The spring cost share assistance application
deadline is April 16, 2014!


Learn more on the SWCD
Cost Share Program page!


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!