This year’s agenda is still coming together, but here is what we have so far: Dr. Jennifer Tank from Notre Dame will be presenting their 3 year summary results for the Indiana Watershed … Read More»
Living in Jasper County, Indiana means that agriculture is a huge part of our community and the overall land use. Due to this fact, the Jasper County SWCD spends a lot of its' time and resources on addressing agriculturally specific resource concerns. Educational and technical assistance to help land users improve the soil quality, and thereby water quality, of our county is available by contacting the Jasper County SWCD office.
- Cover Crops: We don’t sell seed, but we do advise on what works for your farm setup. Call us today!
- Tillage Practices: Never till is the ideal, but we understand change is a journey and we are here to make your transition into less tillage successful.
- Agriculture BMPs (Best Management Practices)
The term BMPs, was coined nearly 35 years ago as a way to describe acceptable practices that could be implemented to protect water quality and promote soil health and conservation.
A BMP can be a structural "thing" that you actually install on-the-ground. Examples may include runoff diversions, silt fence, stream buffers and ground cover vegetation over bare soil areas.
A BMP can also be part of the "process" that you use in your overall land management.
Lake and River Enhancement Program (LARE)
LARE is a conservation program through the Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife.
"The goal of the Division of Fish & Wildlife's Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Program is to protect and enhance aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife, and to insure the continued viability of Indiana's publicly accessible lakes and streams for multiple uses, including recreational opportunities. This is accomplished through measures that reduce non-point sediment and nutrient pollution of surface waters to a level that meets or surpasses state water quality standards." -Indiana DNR
Lower Kankakee River Watershed Management Plan
We were just awarded a Section 319 grant to write a Watershed Management Plan for a part of the Kankakee River that runs through Jasper and Newton Counties! Stay tuned for more information on this project! A website is currently being created and the website will be announced as soon as it is live!
We are the local agency that reviews storm water plans and issues letters to all projects disturbing more than 1 acre of ground.
Urban refers largely to residential and commercial land users. Collecting and treating storm water runoff from roofs and concrete surfaces is the primary resource concern for urban residents.
- Rain gardens are depressions built to a calculated size used to collect runoff and “treat” or filter the water with native plants that are highly adapted to our local environment, thus sending cleaner water to our storm water drainage systems and eventually our waterways.
- Rain Barrels are containers that collect and store rainwater from roofs to be used to water plants and gardens. Typically, one would cut their downspout to the appropriate height and insert the rain barrel underneath so the downspout water can collect in the barrel. There are many types of diverters and connectors to capture and use the collected water.
- Pervious Surfaces (pavement/concrete/pavers) refer to surfaces that allow water to seep through and infiltrate into the soil to be treated. Storm water runoff from driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, etc is typically very dirty, and this water is going directly to our waterways. This is a great practice to consider, especially if undergoing new construction.
Upper Iroquois Watershed Initiative
The Indiana Conservation Partnership
The mission of the Indiana Conservation Partnership is to provide technical, financial and educational assistance needed to implement economically and environmentally compatible land and water stewardship decisions, practices and technologies. Members are:
- The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (and all 92 county SWCD offices)
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources
- Indiana State Department of Agriculture- Division of Soil Conservation
- Purdue Cooperative Extension Services
- State Soil Conservation Board
- USDA Farm Service Agency
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service