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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

Nutrient Management for Vegetable Growers Nov 29

This workshop will dive deep into central Indiana growing scenarios and demonstrate ways to budget, supply, and conserve nutrients for our crops. The intent is to help growers close the loop of soil testing, crop needs, and managing the amount, [...]

Falling: Leaves and Water Quality

Central Indiana is now experiencing peak fall foliage. The autumn colors can make for a great hike or photography session in Southwestway or Eagle Creek Parks before the cooler temperatures set in. While the leaves are beautiful, they can become [...]

Indy Do Day

By: John Hazlett, Marion County SWCD District Manager On September 27th, local corporation Cummins partnered with Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) and Indy Parks Land Stewardship for a day of native habitat establishment at Spades and Brookside Parks as part [...]

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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!