The Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District (MCSWCD) is a local subdivision of the Indiana state government and is responsible for leadership in the conservation of Monroe County’s natural resources. The district is governed by a board of five supervisors, comprised of county residents. These citizens are elected by their peers to serve for a three-year term as state elected officials.
The district works closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Purdue Cooperative Extension, the City of Bloomington and other state and federal agencies.
In partnership with the NRCS and IDNR, MCSWCD provides technical assistance to farmers, homeowners, businesses and more. The district also works with units of local, state and federal government to address issues of land use, conservation planning and resource development.
Our mission is to identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns, provide information on soil, water, and related natural resource conservation and to connect land users to sources of education and technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.
The Long-range plan for the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District was prioritized based on resource concerns in the county.
It was voted on and approved by the Board of Supervisors on August 15th, 2018.
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Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are units of state government which manage and direct natural resource conservation programs at a local and county level. These districts work to promote the wise use, development and conservation of a state’s soil, water and related resources in relevant ways to each individual county.
Indiana Districts are closely tied to their communities and work with local, state, federal, private nonprofit, and educational institutions to provide technical, financial, and educational assistance to the local people they serve.
Throughout Indiana there are 92 different districts. These districts fund and provide leadership for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD). Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1968, the IASWCD provides legislative leadership to the Indiana governing body as well as fundraising, development and training opportunities throughout the state's Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts are derived from the Indiana Code. Districts are governed by a board of five supervisors. Comprised of county residents, three are directly elected and two are appointed. Board members are chosen by their peers and serve, without pay, for a three-year term.
How are Soil and Water Conservation Districts Funded?
Soil and Water Conservation Districts receive funding from a variety of sources, primarily the Clean Water Indiana program. This program provides financial assistance to both landowners and conservation groups across Indiana working to implement best conservation practices.
The Clean Water Indiana program looks to implement different techniques, such as education, technical assistance, training and cost sharing programs with the goal to reduce non-point sources of water pollution.
As a result of the Dust Bowl's destruction across much of the Great Plains region in the 1930s, the Standard State Soil Conservation Districts Act was created by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1936. This document, which was later recommended to all state governors, outlined the importance of what would soon become Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the country.
Brown Creek Soil and Water Conservation District, the first conservation district, was established in North Carolina by 1937. By mid-1940s, every state in the union had passed the Standard State Soil Conservation Act, ultimately leading to the development of the local districts the public interacts with today.
In 2017, the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrated 75 years.
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"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." -Aldo Leopold