The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District was formed in 1941 to provide information about soil, water and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.
Location: 2526 East National Highway, Washington IN 47501
Phone: 812-254-4780,ext.3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed weekends and holidays
To provide educational, technical and financial assistance to all Daviess County residents in order to maintain a clean and wholesome environment in which to work and live.
Three Daviess County high school teams finished in the top five at the Southwest Regional Envirothon, held on March 17, 2015 at Camp Illiana. The Envirothon is an annual contest for high school students, helping them learn about environmental issues facing current and future generations. During the Regional competition, teams of five students study resource problems and complete tests in each of the five categories: Soil/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, Forestry, and a current environmental issue changed annually. This year's current issue is Urban/Community Forestry. Both Washington High School and North Daviess High School sent teams to this year’s contest. Washington High School Team #2 took second place honors, North Daviess FFA Team placed third, and WHS Team #1 placed fourth. WHS Team #2 will now advance to the State competition, to be held on April 29, 2015 at Camp Illiana. Winners at the State level will move on to the National Conservation Foundation’s U.S./Canada week-long Envirothon Competition this summer in Missouri, where scholarships may be available to the top finishers.
Second place - WHS Team 2. Row 1: Tia Webb, Kaely Morrison, Brady Turner, Ethan Clarke, Marcus Thorne. Row 2: Team Advisors Dale Allison and Elizabeth Schaffer.
Third place - North Daviess FFA. Row 1: Erin Abel, Megan Nowling (alternate), Kara Hart, Jessa Newby. Row 2: Deion Archer, Abi Clifford, and Team advisor Gary Stuckey.
Fourth place - WHS Team 1. Row 1: Lauren Walker, Tyeesha Jones, Maria Barco. Row 2: Mikaela Healy (alternate), Timothy Webb, Zach Walker.
The 2015 Annual Meeting was held on February 26 with nearly 150 in attendance. A delicious meal catered by The Schnitzelbank was served by the members of the Washington High School FFA group. Following the meal, a short business meeting was held, during which SWCD activities were highlighted and Steve Halter was elected as the newest SWCD Supervisor. Many thanks to Alan Keith for his service as a Supervisor.
Todd Allison then presented the Conservation Farmer of the Year award, sponsored by Farm Bureau, to Kenny Swartzentruber. K & C Swartzentruber Farms is a diverse farming operation that features well-maintained filter strips and water and sediment control basins. The Daviess County SWCD is proud to recognize this farm - their commitment to stewardship of our soil and water resources make Daviess County a better place to live.
Supervisor Marvin Holstine recognized this year's River Friendly Farmer, Herb Lottes of Slate Creek Farms, and presented him with a sign to display at his farm.
Mike Axsom, Superintendent of Daviess-Martin Joint County West Boggs Parks & Recreation Department, presented a special award to the family of John A. McCall. The Lifetime Conservation Award recognized John McCall, who dedicated his life to promoting and practicing conservation and stewardship of the land. John served as a Supervisor for the Daviess County SWCD for more than 50 years, and was also active in many other organizations throughout his life. John’s vision for the future of conservation in Daviess County and the state of Indiana led to many positive changes. John not only preached the ethics of good conservation – he lived it. This award will now be known as the John A. McCall Lifetime Conservation Award.
At the conclusion of the business portion of the meeting, Katie Stam Irk, Miss America 2009, recounted her journey from farm girl to Miss America. Katie is sponsored by Midwest Ag Finance Inc., and travels the country as a spokesperson, promoting agriculture.
The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 55-gallon rain barrels for sale. Rain Barrel: $65.00 + tax. Rain Barrel with a downspout diverter: $75.00 + tax. Click here for order form.
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...But didn't know who to ask! Whether you have owned your land for a lifetime, or are a new Indiana landowner, you may have questions when it comes to land use and conservation. This is a quick guide for who to call and where to look when you have questions about natural resources and conservation on your land in Indiana.