The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District was formed in 1941 to provide information about soil, water and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.
Location: 2526 East National Highway, Washington IN 47501
Phone: 812-254-4780,ext.3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed weekends and holidays
To provide educational, technical and financial assistance to all Daviess County residents in order to maintain a clean and wholesome environment in which to work and live.
The Daviess County SWCD sponsored three local High School teams in the Southwest Regional Envirothon competition, held at Hornaday Park in Petersburg on March 11, 2014. The Envirothon is an annual contest for high school students, helping them learn about environmental issues facing current and future generations. During the Regional competition, up to twenty-five teams of five students study resource problems and complete tests in each of the five categories: Soil/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, Forestry, and a current environmental issue changed annually. This year's current issue is "Sustainable Agriculture/Locally Grown”.
Daviess County teams did very well, with Washington High School Team #1 taking second place honors, North Daviess High School FFA Team placed in a 3-way tie for third place, ending up in the fifth place spot, and Washington High School Team #2 placed tenth. There were sixteen teams in attendance from all across southwestern Indiana.
Washington High School Team #1 is now eligible to compete in the State Envirothon contest, to be held on April 30 at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette.
Pictured is WHS Team #1 - left to right: Dale Allison (team advisor), Zach Walker, Maria Barco, Lauren Walker, Tyeesha Jones, Nick McCracken, Elizabeth Schaffer (team advisor).
The 2014 Annual Meeting was held on February 27 with nearly 150 in attendance. A delicious meal catered by Lisa's Catering was served by the members of the Washington High School
FFA group. Following the meal, a short business meeting was held, during which SWCD activities were highlighted and Supervisor Philip Flint was re-elected to serve another three year term on the SWCD Board. Phil has served on the SWCD Board for the past twelve years. Supervisor Todd Allison then presented the Conservation Farmer of the Year award, sponsored by Farm Bureau, to Steve Halter. Steve participated in the District's 2013 Cover Crop Program to reduce erosion, improve soil health and help improve the quality of the water leaving his farm. Steve farms nearly 2000 acres, successfully no-tilling corn on corn and monitoring his cover-cropped fields to guide his future decisions. The Daviess County SWCD is proud to recognize annually a farmer or family farm whose committment to stewardship of our soil and water resources make Daviess County a better place to live. At the conclusion of the business portion of the meeting, comedian/farmer Jay Hendren of Ohio entertained the crowd with comic tales of his experiences as a farmer, son, husband and father.
Congratulations to Steve Halter (l), Daviess County SWCD Farmer of the Year, shown here receiving his award from Todd Allison (r).
The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department is offering 50-gallon rain barrels for sale. Rain Barrel: $65.00 + tax. Rain Barrel with a downspout diverter: $75.00 + tax. Click here for details.
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