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MARION COUNTY SOIL & WATER
CONSERVATION DISTRICT

OUR MISSION

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

OUR WORK

soil conservation

water conservation

natural resource conservation

News

Solving Streambank Erosion Problems in Urban Areas

As urban areas grow, homeowners along ditches and streams may find major changes in their yards over time.  What was once a small drainageway 20 years ago has deepened and widened into a ditch that flows most of the year.  [...]

Cover Crop Giveaway 2018

The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering free cover crop seed packets to vegetable farmers and gardeners! Come to any of our events to pick up your seed and talk gardening!  We'll have promotional packets of oats, [...]

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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.
Hands transplanting into mulch
Silt fence image needing maintenance - stop that dirt campaign

Construction

The District provides reviews of construction plans in the County. We help implement the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), and conduct Rule 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.

Drainage & Land Use Planning

Have a community drainage concern?

Call the Mayors Action Center first – (317) 327-4622. They will send out a field investigator to determine what the problem is and who is responsible.

The SWCD provides technical assistance for drainage problems on private property which are the landowner’s responsibility. We are also available for consultation on land use planning, streambank erosion and other natural resource problems.

severe flooding in neighborhood
fall creek ariel photo of gardens

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!