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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.


Now Taking Applications for Urban Soils Health Specialist Position


The Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District (District), Indianapolis, Indiana is looking to hire an Urban Soils Health Specialist.  A Bachelor’s degree related to the discipline of soil conservation, geology, horticulture, agriculture, natural resources or environmental resource engineering is required. Focus is the Marion County and Indianapolis metropolitan area for Urban Gardening, Small Farms, and Specialty Cropping systems.

For more information, please forward letter of interest with resume to Board of Supervisors Chair, Brian Neilson, via email at bneilson7879@gmail.com. The District will accept interest for this position until 12:00 am, November 5, 2014.



Join Us November 12th for Golf Course Workshop


Please join us for the “Golf Course Workshop: Conservation Best Management Practices” on November 12, 2014, at the Fort Golf and Conference Center in Lawrence, Indiana. This workshop is tailored to assist golf course superintendents and staff, landscape architects, landscapers, pesticide and nutrient applicators, bioengineering and conservation firms, and parks and recreation staff with conservation practice planning and implementation for clean water, healthy soils, and natural resources. The event is open to all and we hope that the Indiana Conservation Partnership staff, Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ staff, MS4s, and university and college faculty, staff and students will attend as well.


Topics range from phosphorous reduction legislation, irrigation regulations and drought, nutrient and pest management, drought tolerant turf, and sustainable golf course design to environmental certification programs, habitat restoration, and invasives and natives in the landscape.


The Fall Creek Watershed Partnership (Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hamilton, Hancock, Madison and Marion Counties) and partners including the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Purdue University Extension Service, and White River Alliance will address technical and financial resources available to assist landowners with best management practices. Special keynote speaker Mike Hurdzan will share his vast experience in designing sustainable, accessible, and profitable courses.


Continuing Education Units will be available through the Indiana State Chemists Office and GCSAA. Pre-registration online is strongly encouraged and is required for attendees who would like to have a box lunch provided at the workshop.  If you cannot register on-line using a credit card, checks can be made  payable to and mailed to the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (c/o: Fall Creek Watershed Partnership Golf Course Workshop).  Please note that registration will close on November 4th.


A discount is available for any organization purchasing more than one ticket for this event and for government employees.  Please email Leslie White for more information and a discount promotional code prior to registering: leslie-white@iaswcd.org .


For more information CLICK HERE.











Lend a Hand – Farmers Helping Urban Farmers Program 

Fall Creek Gardens


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.