July 18 - August 1, 2012
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Executive Director's Report: District Showcase Award Winners, "Be the First to Know," RFF Award Ceremony, Dues

Watershed Moment: New EPA Tool

Upcoming Training Opportunities


Conservation News Digest: "Water is Worth It," Outdoor Lab Award, Floyd SWCD Moving


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Upcoming events:

August 4: Invasive Plant & Soil Health workshops at Indiana State Fair

August 14-15: Advanced Soil Health Workshop

August 15: Brown Bag Luncheons--Timber Series

August 17: Rain Garden Workshop - Clark Co.

August 21: No-Till Farming Field Day, Danville

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Sept. 10: Submit resolutions for Conference

Sept. 28: Conservation Farmer of the Year Award

Sept. 28: Friend of Conservation Award

Sept. 28: Supervisor of the Year Award


Please email us to receive an application for any of these awards at [email protected].

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I A S W C D   L e a d e r s h i p


President: Ray McCormick 

Vice President: Jeff Meinders

Secretary: Paul Cummings 

Treasurer: Jamie Scott 


Region Directors

Board Roster /  Region Map 

North-NW: Larry Strole, Newton Co. 

South-NW: Mike Starkey, Hendricks Co.

North-NE: Tom Crowe, Allen Co. 

South-NE: Bobby Hettmansperger, Wabash Co. 

North-SW: Les Zimmerman, Vermillion Co.

South-SW: Jim Droege, Posey Co. 

North-SE: Mike Schwab, Franklin Co. 

South-SE:  Brad Ponsler, Jennings Co. 



Executive Director: Jennifer Boyle Warner, 317.692.7519


Conservation Development Specialist: Janice Bullman, 317.692.7514


Project Assistant: Liz Rice, 317.692.7325


Communications Manager: DeeDee Sigler, 317.692.7374

A Report from the Executive Director


Congratulations, District Showcase Winners!

Congratulations to Clark, LaPorte, and Vermillion County Districts for their outstanding District Showcase applications and accomplishments. IASWCD and agency partner staff will visit the Districts to learn more about their winning projects this fall. Also, award winners receive one complimentary registration apiece to the 2013 Annual Conference for Indiana SWCDs, an exhibition table at Conference to set up a display and materials to showcase their projects, and special recognition at the Conference's Awards Banquet.


There are so many wonderful and inspiring projects going around the state. Thank you to all that applied! 


"Be The First To Know"

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Initiative, the Farm Bill, conservation program deadlines and other NRCS announcements? Sign-up for e-mail updates today to be the first to know about news on these subjects and more as soon as it happens!  


Join us Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. for the 2012 River Friendly Farmer Award Ceremony

Craig Schneider (center) was honored as a 2009 "River Friendly Farmer" by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock 

We will honor our 55 award recipients in a statewide ceremony at the
Indiana State Fair. The event will be held at the 4-H 
Exhibit Hall 2nd Floor Auditorium. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will join us, along with Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock, USDA NRCS State Conservationist Jane Hardisty, our host this year, Megan Grebner, Brownfield Radio Network, and special guest, "President Abraham Lincoln" who will help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the USDA. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the conservation achievements these farmers contribute to our soil and water health. We will complete the ceremony with a reception at 2 p.m.  


Thank You, Districts!

Thanks to the 81 Districts who have paid their 2012 dues. View this list of SWCDs on our website.

Have a good day,
New Watershed Tool From the EPA

By Janice Bullman, Conservation Development Specialist


The U.S. EPA has released a new technical resource to improve stream assessment and restoration for watershed practitioners. "A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects" lays out a framework for approaching stream assessment and restoration projects that focuses on understanding the suite of stream functions at a site in the context of what is happening in the watershed.
trainingUpcoming Training Opportunities

These "advanced-level" training opportunities are provided by the Indiana Conservation Partnership. Carpool opportunities are available. For more information and to register by August 3, please contact Harold Thompson, ICP Training Coordinator, at [email protected].

  • August 14-15 - Illinois Soil Health Trip 
  • September 13 - Advanced Cover Crops - Train the Trainer @ SEPAC
  • September 13-14 - Ohio Soil Health Trip

digestConservation News Digest


The EPA's "Water is Worth It" Video Project

Be a part of EPA's Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary video project: Tell us why "Water is Worth It" to you. As a part of EPA's Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary celebration, the Agency is hosting a video project asking Americans to send in a 15-second video clip explaining the important role that water plays in their lives. EPA will feature selected video clips on its website and "Water Is Worth It" Facebook page as part of its anniversary celebration. Video submissions are being accepted until September 14, 2012.


Outdoor Lab of the Year Award

Each year the Indiana Tree Farm Committee recognizes an outstanding outdoor classroom by giving out the Outdoor Lab of the Year award.   The Tree Farm Committee strongly encourages the development of outdoor education facilities. Nominations are due to the Tree Farm District Forester by September 30th. The award will be presented at the annual convention of the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers (HASTI) in February 2012. 

Floyd County SWCD Moving

The Floyd County SWCD office will be moving to their new location on Aug. 1-3, 2012. They expect their phones and Internet to be up by August 3. Their new address will be 2524 Corydon Pike, Suite 103, New Albany, IN 47150.

jobsJob Openings


Soil Conservationist - Knox County

The Knox County SWCD is seeking a full time Soil Conservationist. Applicants should have a general knowledge of natural resources, agriculture, math, and computers, be self motivated, and have good communication skills. A degree from an accredited college or university is preferred but not required. Applicants should be physically fit and able to walk on rough terrain. This position offers full benefits and a salary commensurate with experience. Send resume with cover letter and references to: Knox Co SWCD, 2015 Hart St., Vincennes. Resumes must be delivered to the office by 8/10/12. EOE

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