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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.




Marion County SWCD & the Health Department Thank Marion County Farm Bureau For Assistance in Providing a Workshop to Help Homeowners with Septics and Private Wells



Septic workshop 14Recently 30 participants came to learn how to better care for their septic systems and private wells at a workshop hosted by the Marion County SWCD and the Health Department. We would like to thank the Marion County Farm Bureau who generously supported the workshop and helped to fund a groundwater simulator model which will be used by various agencies as we educate the public about the importance of protecting our groundwater sources.  We would also like to thank our speakers: 





Speakers and Topics


Mark Basch, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

  • Proper Well Construction
  • Drought Conditions
  • Water Rights
  • Water Use Data


Gretchen Quirk, Marion County Public Health Department

  • Common Well Contaminants
  • Sanitizing Well Systems
  • Well Tips


Jason Ravenscroft, Marion County Public Health Department

  • Common Septic Problems
  • Septic Inspections
  • Well & Septic Permitting


Bill Grout, Citizens Energy Group

  • Septic Tank Elimination Program


If you were unable to attend but would like to have this workshop held again in the future please contact us so we can put you on our mailing list for future workshops.








USDA Announces $78 Million Available for Local Food Enterprises


Historic Investment Will Support Entire Local Food Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is making a historic $78 million investment in local and regional food systems, including food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services, and other local food business enterprises.


For more information or to sign up click HERE.




Fall Creek GardensLend a Hand -  Farmers Helping Urban Farmers Program


The Fall Creek Watershed Project has initiated a program to help urban farmers, gardeners and conservationists share their needs with their rural farming neighbors. Urban gardening projects who are in need of a variety of materials have created a list of their needs. Rural farmers, horse and poultry owners, gardening centers and other who wish to help supply these needs can contact Leslie White, Backyard Conservation Coordinator for the Fall Creek Watershed Project ( leslie-white@iaswcd.org).  While this project is initially being started to help projects in the Fall Creek watershed, it is hoped that the idea will soon spread to other counties and communities.


Check our Small Farms website page often for updates on how you can help.  For more information click HERE.













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 new 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.