Conservation Update  
Aug. 29 - Sept. 11, 2013 
Executive Director's Report

Fall Education Tours at Pathway to Water Quality

Yes, you are reading correctly! The Indiana Conservation Partnership has another excellent opportunity to highlight Pathway to Water Quality as part of the Amazing Water tours presented on behalf of the "Global Learning Initiative from the Indiana State Fairgrounds."

The tours are designed for fifth and sixth grade students from Indiana classrooms and will be held Sept. 23 to Oct. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. 
Sites on tour at the fairgrounds include the: Indiana Soybean Alliance's Glass Barn; the Rain Garden at the Normandy Barn and Pathway to Water QualityWe will highlight four areas in Pathway for this: home area, soils area, water history cabin and the education area. 


If you are interested in volunteering for the field trips, please select your area on the Google form and date/s you want to work. A short, easy-to-follow lesson plan is available onlinePlease Note: not all dates will be filled, however, once you sign up, it is important you hold the date on your calendar. As soon as schools sign up, we will confirm your time slot.


Monroe County SWCD District Showcase
Come see what the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District has been up to. The 2013 District Showcase Winner, 
along with their federal partner, NRCS, extends an invitation for you to join them on October 10, 2013 for a District Showcase tour to see firsthand, the on-the-ground conservation efforts and work that is growing in Monroe County. RSVP to the Monroe County SWCD at [email protected] or 812-334-4325 x12. The tour will include 10 stops at various sites each highlighting the diversity of the conservation efforts that the SWCD and NRCS focus on in Monroe County. 

SWCD delegate registration open  

Registration is now open for your District's delegate to the 2014 IASWCD Annual Conference Business Meeting. RSVP online here:

September U&C Webinar Focuses on Green Infrastructure

Due to technical difficulties, the June U&C webinar was rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. (ET). Those who enrolled in June are still registered, but there are still some spaces left for new registrants. This webinar focuses on how Districts can advance their green infrastructure efforts. While there is no cost to participate, space is limited to 100 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Debra Bogar to sign up for one of the remaining spaces sending an email with your name, title, District or business name and your email address. Information on how to access the webinar will be sent by email.

Thank You, Districts! 

Thank you to the Districts who have submitted their 2013 dues. View the list of Districts who have paid their dues here.


Have a great week!
Jennifer Boyle Warner, IASWCD Executive Director
CCSI News 

Successful Cover Cropping in the Midwest  


Next Wednesday, Sept. 18, is the Successful Cover Cropping in the Midwest field day for farmers interested in cover crops, regardless of tillage systems from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Register online by tomorrow, September 12 or call the Wabash County SWCD260-563-7486, ext. 3, or the Kosciusko County SWCD, 574-267-7445, ext. 118. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required for lunch. See the brochure for details. 


Great Field Days Last Week 
field day
CCSI hosted two field days last week: Sept 4 was the Bag to Bin: Equipment Modifications & Management for Conservation Systems at Mike Shuter's (photo left) east of Frankton in Madison County. Then on Sept. 5, Getting the Most out of Nutrient Applications was held at the Mike Werling farm in Decatur, Adams County. 
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Conservation News

September Grazing Bites
The latest issue of Grazing Bites is available from Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist.
Right: Fall planted winter peas and cereal rye ready to graze in the spring. Photo credit: NRCS

Position open with CTIC
Individuals interested in soil and water quality and sustainable agriculture systems should apply for the project coordinator position with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). The complete job description provides more details on position requirements. For more information, contact Nicholle Vaughn at 765-494-9555. 


Annual Conference:
January 6-8, 2014



Submit Resolutions for the annual IASWCD business meeting by September 20. You can read more about the resolutions process here, or download the resolution form here.   



Who will represent your District at the Business Meeting this year? Register your delegate online. 

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 12
Sprayer Workshop

Sept. 18
Successful Cover Cropping in the Midwest

Sept. 20
Resolutions Due


Sept. 23

Cover Crop Field Day, Akron, IN


September 24 - 25

Indiana District Employees' Association Annual Conference

Sept. 26

Wildlife Management for the Private Landowner Workshop, Tippecanoe Co


Nov. 1

Crossroads Cooperative Summit, Indianapolis


January 6-8

Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs

CCSI Events
Other News
Editor Sought
The American Water Resources Association seeks an Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Water Resources IMPACT Magazine. IMPACT is published six times a year, with each issue addressing a timely water resource topic from a broad range of perspectives. For details and to submit an application, contact AWRA at [email protected] 
Application Deadline: September 30, 2013. 


Grants for Homeowners
The Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation (TWF) is offering grants of up to $2,000 to homeowners for shoreline projects that improve water quality, improve shoreline habitat, reduce erosion, or reduce runoff.  
For more information and to apply for a grant, visit (click on Take Action) or email Wendi Tomasik or call


Upcoming Grant Deadlines 



 Indiana Forestry Education Foundation Small Grants support forestry educational programs, educational scholarships in forest management, and the promotion of responsible stewardship of Indiana timberlands. The program provides a limited amount of funding (maximum $500 per request) for projects that fit the IFEF mission. Email  to request an application.
Deadline: October 1, 2013


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2014 annual conference