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: email@example.com
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 Dubois, Daviess, and Martin County Soil and Water Districts (SWCD) announces their new Invasive Species Specialist, Megan Ritterskamp. She is a Vanderburgh County resident and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana (USI). She grew up in Great Falls, MT but has resided in Warrick or Vanderburgh counties since 1996. While at USI she studied zoology, botany, ecology, environmental geology, and environmental policies/sociology.
She previously worked at Seton Harvest, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) unit in Vanderburgh County, growing a wide variety of vegetables for community members and charitable organizations. She has also been involved in several research studies ranging from bluebird monitoring to trace element soil contamination.
As the Invasive Species Specialist, Ritterskamp will work primarily through the Jasper SWCD office but will serve Dubois, Martin, and Daviess counties. Her position is funded for 36 months through a Clean Water Indiana grant, provided by the State Department of Agriculture. Ritterskamp will be working with area landowners and community organizations educating the public about the threat invasive species pose to the environment. Invasive plants that have been moving into Southern Indiana include Bush Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, and Poison Hemlock to name a few.
“I am excited to work with area landowners, helping them identify invasive plants on their property and provide information on the best way to control those plants.”
Read more about invasive species here on our website: Invasive Plants
The plants in the Eastside Park rain garden are still doing well, despite the recent dry weather. In May, City of Washington employees prepared the top part of the garden for planting, and re-set the repaired educational sign. Employees from the city of Washington Stormwater Dept. and the SWCD gave the rain garden a fresh layer of mulch, and planted several new native plants to fill in some blank areas. Many of the rain garden plants are finished blooming (as of August 29) - except for a few Black-Eyed Susans - and the Swamp Milkweed is beginning to form seed pods. Although there are not many flowers blooming, the rain garden is still beneficial to our pollinators, providing food for a hungry Monarch caterpillar.
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a federal-state conservation program designed to help alleviate some of the concerns of nonpoint source pollution by restoring buffers and wetlands to improve water quality. CREP participants receive financial incentives and maintain ownership rights to enrolled land. See the flyer below for more information.
The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 50-gallon rain barrels for sale. Barrels are $65.00 + IN sales tax. Contact the SWCD if you are interested in purchasing a rain barrel, or print out the order form and mail it with your payment.
Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through an online portal. With the launch of the Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities. The Conservation Client Gateway is secure and is entirely voluntary, giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to the USDA Service Center. To learn more, visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/clientgateway
...But didn't know who to ask! Whether you have owned your land for a lifetime, or are a new Indiana landowner, you may have questions when it comes to land use and conservation. This is a quick guide for who to call and where to look when you have questions about natural resources and conservation on your land in Indiana.