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Welcome to Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District


What’s New in Indianapolis, IN?

Welcome to our website!  We hope you will find the layout easy to use. Take a few minutes to tour the site. If you have any suggestions for changes or additional information, please let us know. We want this site to be as useful as possible for you.

For future visits you will find the newest updates right here on our home page and also under the “News” tab above.


Customer Assistance

Due to recent retirements and changes being made, the office may not be open during all normal business hours.  Existing staff are often working in the field so please be sure to make an appointment before making a trip in to the office.  You can leave us a message at 317-786-1776 or use the “Contact Us” tab on our website to leave us an email message.  Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Answers to many questions can be found on our website.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.





Mark Your Calendar – Soil Health & Cover Crop Outdoor Learning Sessions  

2 Dates / 2 Times

Thursday, March 24, 2016  3 p.m. & 5 p.m.  


Tuesday, March 29, 2016  3 p.m. & 5 p.m.



Join the Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District and fellow growers in a hands-on look at soil health and using cover crops to benefit vegetable gardens! Free educational garden tours are offered at the following times and locations! Dress for the weather!


  • March 24 – 3 p.m. Indy Urban Acres Farm
  • March 24 – 6 p.m. Indy Urban Acres Farm
  • March 29 – 3 p.m. Fall Creek Gardens
  • March 29 – 6 p.m. Fall Creek Gardens




Indy Urban Acres Farm 7700 E 21st St Indianapolis, IN 46219

Fall Creek Gardens 3018 Central Ave Indianapolis, IN 46205


To register CLICK HERE.





Sustainability Workshop


– Creating a Sustainable Homestead on Your Suburban Lot  


Saturday, April 2nd 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



The Hamilton County SWCD and Purdue Extension are hosting a workshop especially designed for urban farmers and those interested in trying their hand at some homesteading skills.


Where:   Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall C 2003 Pleasant St. in Noblesville

9am—4pm (registration begins at 8:30)

$15 per person (includes lunch)



  • Beekeeping 101 – Kate Franzman of Bee Public
  • Intro to Backyard Chickens – Andrew Brake of Naptown Chickens
  • SWCD Backyard Conservation & Purdue Extension: How we can help! – Claire Lane of HC SWCD & Diane Turner of Purdue Extension
  • Eating Local: Where to find local food and overview of home production – Chef Thom England of Ivy Tech Culinary Program and co-founder of Dig IN
  • Urban Soil Health – Kevin Allison of Marion County SWCD
  • Food Preservation Basics – Joyce Moore of Urban Patch


For more information and to register  CLICK HERE








The Marion County SWCD’s quarterly newsletters and annual report will now only be available online in order to conserve resources.  You can find our newsletters under the NEWS tab on our website or we will email a copy to you upon request.

To be added to our email list please contact Marilyn at







What to do if you find a baby or injured animal


Every fall, kind-hearted Hoosiers “rescue” an injured or seemingly abandoned baby wild animal and try to care for it.


The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has one thing to say: Don’t do it.



“Most baby animals are not abandoned,” said Michelle Cain, DNR wildlife information specialist. “Many animals leave their young alone when searching for food and come back to them throughout the day. They also use this as a way to deter predators because a predator may follow the mother back to its young.”


Picking up a baby animal that is not orphaned or abandoned can harm the animal and takes it out of its natural environment. It’s also illegal.


If you believe the animal is truly abandoned, or you know that the mother is dead, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are educated to properly care for wild animals. In the hands of an untrained person, an animal is unlikely to survive if it is returned to the wild.


Wild animals also pose safety and health risks for humans. They may look helpless, cute and cuddly, but they can bite or scratch people who attempt to handle them. Some wild animals carry parasites and infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.


The best way to make sure an animal is orphaned is to wait and check it periodically. If you are unsure, place some strings or sticks across the nest. Place some grass across the top of a rabbit nest that is found with young in it. If such items are later disturbed, the mother has probably returned, so leave the young animal alone.


If a bird has fallen out of a nest, it is OK to gently return it to the nest.


Rehabilitator contact information is at dnr.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/5492.htm. Click on “wildlife rehabilitator” near the bottom of the page for a list. Assistance can also be found by:


–Calling the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife in Indianapolis at (317) 232-4080

–Calling DNR Law Enforcement, 24 hours a day at (812) 837-9536

–Calling a licensed veterinarian


State laws prohibit keeping wild animals without a DNR-issued permit. Federal laws also prohibit possession of migratory birds, including songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. It is illegal to treat wild animals for sickness or injury without a permit.


In the spring, ducks or geese often nest in landscaping or gardens. Leave the nest alone and keep any pets away. Be aware that the bird may return next year. If the bird becomes a nuisance, call a nuisance waterfowl control operator. A contact list is at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/files/fw-NuisanceWaterfowlControlOperators.pdf.





Water Water Everywhere!  Standing Water  – Wet Crawlspace – Flooding Basement ???


If all the rain we’ve been having lately is causing drainage problems our website can get you started on the road to a solution.


Click Here to go to our Drainage Pages














Phone Number for Citizens Energy Group for Community Drainage Concerns


Please make a note of the Citizens Energy Group contact number:  924-3311. Residents with flooding, storm water issues, manhole cover capping recess concerns or other water issues, this is the number to call. Citizens Energy Group is responsible for maintaining city storm drains. For technical assistance with drainage problems on private property you can continue to contact the Soil & Water Conservation District 786-1776. 


More help and information on drainage problems around your home can be found on our website under the Soils tab – Soils Types & Drainage section.