Welcome to Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District
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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.
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.
Soil Health Program Assistance & Cost Share Available
The Soil Health Program Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are in place to help people help the land. The Soil Health Program is an initiative to provide technical and financial assistance to improve soil health and water quality in Marion and Hendricks Counties. The program is made possible through Clean Water Indiana competitive grant funds awarded to the districts.
Soil health is the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Improving it can be accomplished through a systems approach to your landscape: Disturbing the soil as little as possible, keeping plants growing throughout the year to feed soil life, maximizing plant diversity where possible, and keeping the soil covered and protected. Soil building practices like nutrient management, garden cover crops, mulching, and deep rooted native plants are tools that the SWCD can help you understand and utilize.
For more information click the link below:
Thank You Affiliate Members!!!!
Many generous individuals and businesses have financially supported the conservation work being done by the Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District over the years. This year we are very thankful to the following individuals who have stepped up to help us keep conservation working in our county:
If you would like to support the Marion County SWCD by becoming an affiliate member please click the “Donate” tab at the top of this page.
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 us the “Contact Us” tab at the top of this page to send your name & email address to Julie.
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.
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.