Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District was certified as a governmental subdivision of the State of Indiana on February 26, 1941.
The desired outcomes of the Elkhart County SWCD are: cleaner streams, rivers, and lakes; more productive soils; increased woodland resources; improved wildlife habitat; high quality drinking water; and an enhanced quality of life for Elkhart County citizens.
Based on Indiana code, every county in Indiana has the authority to a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD or District). Each District is supervised by a board of local landowners who are responsible for the policies and programs of the SWCD. The SWCD Board is composed of five individuals; three of whom are elected, one each year at the SWCD’s annual meeting by landowners in the county, and two of whom are appointed by the Indiana State Soil Conservation Board. All terms are for three years.
These policies must follow the guidelines set up through Indiana Code (IC 14-32-5).
How can I get involved?
Here are a list of ways that you can support your Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District and help us reach our desired outcomes:
- Practice conservation at your farm, business, or residence
- Plant native plants/eradicate invasive species
- Volunteer to help with field days and community events
- Become an Indiana Master Naturalist
- Talk to a Supervisor or Staff Member about becoming an Associate Supervisor, or Committee Member
- Become an SWCD affiliate member