October 11 - 24, 2012
Executive Director's Report

Linda Schmidt Passes Away
Our condolences to the family of Linda Schmidt, who passed away on October 17 at the age of 63. Linda was a Senior Environmental Manager in IDEM's Office of Water Quality. She fought cancer for two years and requests that any memorial contributions be sent to Cancer Support Indy
Region Meetings
It's that time of year again! View all region meeting dates, times, and locations here. Further details and some agendas are posted on the Association's statewide Conservation Calendar.
Leadership Institute: Impacting Communities
Successful Districts utilize their leadership skills to impact their communities to meet natural resource goals. Participants in this Institute will focus on critical areas: strategic planning, securing resources, community partnership building, and managing community level projects. The event takes place on Nov. 30 in Santa Claus, IN (map). Find more details here, or register online.
Are you eligible for SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) funds?
This breakdown of eligibility for these funds comes to us from SARE Coordinator Roy Ballard

SARE funds can be used to cover expenses of SWCD employees and Supervisors if they are going to act in an advisory capacity to farmers and they will have some means of or commitment to sharing this info with others.

Roy also notes that if any District has a project for which they would like to request funding, please contact him to see if he will be able to fit it into his 2013 plan of work. 

The Power of Conservation: Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Rewards


The IASWCD is excited to feature three additional companies who are sponsors for the 70th Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs. Please thank them by showing your support for their products and services! You will find all of our 2013 conference sponsors featured on our conference website.


Annual Awards Banquet Sponsor: KB Seed Solutions 


KB Seeds

KB Seed Solutions was started in 2007 by Wayne Kizer and Nick Bowers. Wayne and Nick are both fourth generation on their Oregon farms, and specialize in grass seed production.


Opening Reception Sponsor: ArborTerra Consulting


ArborTerra Consulting's expertise and services include forestry consulting, sediment and erosion control planning and implementation, wetlands consulting, and urban forest management. 


Opening Luncheon Sponsor: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers / Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation

Agro-Culture Liquid

High-production agriculture meets environmentally responsible nutrient management at Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers / Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation. Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, incorporated in 1983, manufactures and markets in-house formulated and branded liquid fertilizer products. The company's entire line of high performance fertilizers and supplements are formulated to help growers achieve the best possible yields while employing sustainable agricultural practices.


Wilderness Plots to Perform at Opening Luncheon

Wilderness Plots
As a special treat this year, keynote speaker Scott Russell Sanders will again join Hoosier musicians Krista Detor, Tim Grimm, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White to form the popular musical group Wilderness Plots. Their songs and stories of life during the early days of Indiana's history and beauty will entertain and inspire us during the opening luncheon. 
*Carrie Newcomer, pictured on the far left, is unable to join us this year.
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Upcoming Events

View all region meeting dates

Oct. 25 & 30: Landowner Conservation Programs (flyer)
Nov. 1 & 2: Soil Pit Days of NW Indiana
Nov. 3: Native Plant Conference


Why attend conference? Check out the Conference Promo Video


Nov. 30:

Early-bird registration deadline


Dec. 21: Hotel reservation deadline


Nov. 16: 

Supervisor Scholarship applications due.


Dec. 30:

Annual Business Meeting Delegate form due.


View this year's proposed Resolutions, No. 1 and No. 2


Conference Brochure & Agenda


Upcoming Deadlines




Nov. 9: 

Pre-proprosals are due for the NRC-SARE R&E program, which supports sustainable ag innovators with competitive research & education grants.


January 15: 

Applications due for Lake and River Enhancement grants


View more grant opportunities here


In Brief

Pike SWCD Request

The Pike SWCD would like to know if any other District has a training plan developed for their District's Technician. Their NRCS DC would like to see a training plan developed for their new Technician. If you have a plan in place, the Pike SWCD would greatly appreciate it if you could share it with them. Please send all responses to Erica. Thank you!

Changes With NREC Programs
NREC programs like Hoosier Riverwatch, Project Wet, and GoFishIN will be changing locations, phone numbers, and more soon. Review the changes here.
The EPA's New App: My Waterway
My Waterway was released last week. Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US quickly and in plain language. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. 
The DNR's YouTube Channel 

Forty-five videos are already featured on the channel. Viewers can learn about Monument City, a former town normally submerged under Salamonie Lake during the summer and exposed in this year's drought, the commemoration of the Goose Pond visitor's center, learn how to fillet a crappie, or take in a time-lapse recording of the Perseid meteor shower over Lake Michigan.

Job Announcements
Coordinator: Hamilton SWCD 

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time Office/Backyard Conservation coordinator. Read the full job description

Soil Scientist: ISDA
This position will work as part of the section 319 program to reduce nonpoint source water pollution. The applicant will meet with land users to encourage continued pursuit of conservation efforts. The Job ID Number is 582033. Read the full job description.