Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District 

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Warrick SWCD to Host Rainscaping Workshop in Conjuction with Purdue Extension

The Warrick SWCD has recently been awarded grants from Alcoa and the Indiana Department of Agriculture (Clean Water Indiana). These grants allow us to better provide technical and, importantly, financial assistance to landowners, property managers, schools, and businesses hoping to get conservation practices on the ground. Here's the practices we have money for:

Alternative Groundcover - $400/acre

Conservation Buffer - $150
Cover Crops - $15-20/acre

Filter Strip - $150/acre
Livestock Exclusion - $1.20/linear foot
Pollinator Plot - reimbursement varies by plot size; up to $400/acre

Prescribed Grazing - $20/acre

Rain Garden - up to $375

Rainwater Harvesting - $0.30/gallon of storage

Soil Testing - $15/sample

Tree Planting - $75 or $0.50/seedling

Xeriscaping (landscaping using native plants) - $200


See the links below for applications. If you have questions, call us at 812-897-2840 ext. 3.



Conservation Experience Exhibit Opens at the Warrick 4-H Center

We Need You! Join our local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA)

Free Seed Packets!

Recently Awarded Grants Provide Money for Conservation Practices!

1124 South 8th Street, Boonville, IN 47601

Office Phone: 812-897-2840 ext. 3                   E-mail: warrickswcd@gmail.com

We are looking to start a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) here in Warrick County, but we need your help. CISMAs are grassroots organizations that are formed to tackle invasive species at the local level. They can help partners to prioritize invasive management, cross landownership boundaries to survey and control invasive plants, and provide local education and outreach on invasive species.

Please complete this survey to help us understand who is willing and able to participate and what our priorities should be. We are here for YOU!

OUR MISSION 


The Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District exists to educate the public on issues relating to conservation of soil and water, promote conservation practices and sustainable solutions relating to degradation of soil and water resources, and provide technical and financial assistance to landowners who seek to preserve and improve soil and water quality.

The Warrick County SWCD has several pieces of equipment available for rental such as a harrow with drop seeder, a straw blower, a pan,  and a box scraper. See the "Resources" tab above for more information.


The conservation exhibit is finally finished! Stop by and learn about the conservation work we're doing relating to soil health, erosion prevention, water quality, water conservation, and pollinator habitat establishment. A big 'thank you' to all of our project partners: Indiana Department of Agriculture - Clean Water Indiana, Warrick 4-H Center, Brewer Farms, Mulzer Crushed Stone, Alcoa Foundation, Purdue Extension, local FFAs, and NRCS.

Since FSA status reviews were started back in the late 1980s, fields designated as Highly Erodible Land (HEL) are required to control sheet and rill erosion and ephemeral gully erosion to acceptable levels.  NRCS will be checking to make sure soil loss is at a tolerable amount with field visits to check residue and Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) runs to calculate erosion for sheet and rill soil loss.  Ephemeral Gullies are also expected to be controlled with No-Till plus heavier rates of winter grain cover crops or by planting ephemeral area in perennial grass vegetation.  If the grass or no-till/cover crop system doesn't help the gully, structural practices will be needed.  Please see the links above for guidance documents on HEL/Wetland guidance.

Fix It, Don't Disk It!

Equipment for Hire!

We currently have free seed packets available at our office. Here's what we have:

  • Cover Crop Seed - Hairy Vetch / Cereal Rye Mix - one bag covers 100 sq. ft. This is a great all-around cover crop mix for nitrogen fixing, weed fighting, and soil building. Now is the time to be planting cover crops! 
  • Cover Crop Seed - Sodbuster Radish - one bag covers 100 sq. ft. Break up that compacted soil with this specially designed radish.
  • Indiana Native Wildflower Mix - one bag covers 100 sq. ft.
  • Milkweed - each bag contains approximately 40 seeds. An absolute must for any well-rounded pollinator garden. Special thanks to Deb Schade from SWINPAWs for providing these seeds! 

Planting Instructions for free seed packets:

A Toyota grant has allowed us to build an augmented reality sandbox! Not sure what that is? Click here to see a video explaining how it will be used. This tool will be used to help educate folks on issues relating to land and water resources.

Augmented Reality Sandbox

The Warrick County SWCD will be co-hosting a Rainscaping workshop on September 6-7, 2018 at the Newburgh Public Library off of Bell Road. The workshop will provide detailed instruction on establishing rainscapes at your property including a tour of local rain gardens and a hands-on rain garden installation! Stay tuned for details.