Conservation Experience Exhibit Opens at the Warrick 4-H Center
We Need You! Join our local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA)
Recently Awarded Grants Provide Money for Conservation Practices!
1124 South 8th Street, Boonville, IN 47601
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PUSH-IT (Promoting Urban Soil Health in Towns)
Help Us Monitor the Streams of Warrick County!
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!
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.
2018 Cover Crop Program Details!
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.
Schedule of Remaining 2018 Warrick SWCD Board Meetings
Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District
Equipment for Hire!
Only two more board meetings left for this year! The November board meeting will take place at 7 am on November 8th and the December board meeting will take place at 7 am on December 13th. All board meetings take place at the Warrick SWCD office at 1124 S. 8th St., Boonville, IN.
Augmented Reality Sandbox
Through a collaborative agreement with the NRCS, we are helping establish local urban soil health working groups throughout southwest Indiana. These local working groups aim to engage previously unreached groups with a soil health and conservation message geared towards non-traditional producers, backyard gardeners, and other folks interested in promoting conservation in developed areas. The Evansville area local working group is just getting started and we'd love to have you join us. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 9 am at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center.
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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!
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Cover Crop Program. We will be notifying applicants within the next few weeks regarding their applications. Thank you to all who applied and are helping us meet our conservation goals for Warrick County!
Join us Saturday, October 27 at 10 am for a Hoosier Riverwatch stream monitoring event! Learn about how the program monitors water quality in Indiana's streams and how you can get involved. The exact location of the stream monitoring will be determined and posted after I scout out sampling locations. Please dress accordingly and most importantly, choose footwear and clothes that are okay getting wet and dirty. This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP, just show up. Kids are always welcome if accompanied by an adult. Carpooling is recommended as parking will be limited at the site. For more information, contact Andrew Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-897-2840 ext. 3
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.
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.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 9 am, Warrick SWCD Office.