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 To assist Marion County land users in conserving soil, water and related natural resources by providing technical, financial and educational services.


soil conservation

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natural resource conservation

Soil Health Initiative

The Soil Health Initiative is a program designed to help urban farms and growers build soil health and access resources.

Soil health is for everyone!

Find out more about soil health, read guidance for your farm, look at where we maintain demonstration gardens, and see profiles of urban growers.
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The District provides reviews of construction plans in the County. We help implement the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), and conduct Rural 5 work. We provide technical assistance to improve construction sites’ impact on soil and water quality. Help prevent soil erosion!

Need to submit plans to be reviewed? Contact us to speak with our Resource Conservationist Cheyenne Hoffa.

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The District provides technical assistance with drainage problems on private property.

Drainage hotline – Have a community drainage concern?

Call Citizens Energy Group – (317) 924-3311. They are responsible for maintaining city storm drains. Do you experience flooding, storm water issues, manhole cover capping recess concerns or other water issues? This is the number to call!

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Annual Meeting – February 20th 2018

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, February 20th as we celebrate 48 years of conservation in Marion County! Come meet our new Resource Conservationist Cheyenne Hoffa; hear about the great strides that have been made by our Soil [...]

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Support Our Work

We have a limited budget through the county and city to perform our work. We rely on grant funding and private donations to further our conservation efforts.

Please consider making a donation to the MCSWCD to get more conservation practices on the ground!