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.

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Location: 2526 East National Highway, Washington IN 47501

 Phone: 812-254-4780,ext.3  Email:

 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed weekends and holidays 


Our Mission:

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.

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SWCD Announces Funding For Invasive Species Removal

The Daviess County SWCD, in partnership with the Dubois County and Martin County SWCDs, has received a Clean Water Indiana grant to help fund the removal of invasive species plants. The newly formed Daviess, Dubois and Martin County Invasive Plants Partnership will offer a cost share program for landowners in these counties with areas of ten acres or less that need control. To apply for this program, contact the Daviess County SWCD, 812-254-4780, ext. 3 or email the Invasive Species Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Click this link for the cost share application.

Here is a list of plants that are considered as invasive: Indiana Invasive Plant List

Invasive Species of the Month

To help raise awareness of invasive plants in Indiana, we will feature a different invasive plant each month. A photo of the plant, details about the plant, and methods of control can be found by clicking the links below. For more information about invasives, visit the Invasive Plants page on this website for links to more resources.




SWCD Hosts 22nd Farm Fair        

The Daviess County SWCD hosted its 22nd annual Fourth Grade Farm Fair on September 7, 2018 at the 4H fairgrounds in Washington. This year we had another large group - 414 students were accompanied by 48 teachers and parents as they all moved through a series of 19 learning stations. Local and area experts taught the students about crops and livestock grown and raised here in Daviess County, as well as other topics such as ATV safety, beekeeping, and careers and technology in agriculture. Most of our dedicated volunteers have been a part of the Farm Fair for many years! Those attending the Farm Fair also enjoyed a special demonstration on dog obedience and agility, given by Andrea Bauer and Kensay Mott of A-1 K-9. They also volunteer with the local 4H dog club.

Each year, the Farm Fair relies on the hard work of many volunteers, and also the support from several organizations. This annual event would not be possible without them! The Daviess County SWCD would like to thank the following for their continued support of the Farm Fair: All of the presenters and volunteers, Purdue Extension, Farm Bureau Inc., Prairie Farms, Hoefling Truck & Tractor, Washington Parks & Recreation Department, the City of Washington, Perdue Farms, supervisors and staff of the Daviess County SWCD, Warrick County SWCD, staff of the Daviess/Martin NRCS and FSA, and volunteers from our community. A big thank you to Steve Osha Photography for all the great photos!

See photos from the day in our photo gallery. Photo credits: Steve Osha Photography 



What's Blooming in the Rain Garden?

 Many of the flowers in the rain garden are finished blooming - except for the recently planted Swamp Asters...they are beautiful! The Asters are also attracting lots of bees. The Black Chokeberry bush is full of berries, sure to provide a feast for the birds. A few new plants were added to the rain garden - Nodding Wild Onion, and Clustered Poppy Mallows. Unfortunately, a few other plants didn't survive, and have been replaced - Golden Ragwort, a few Flat-topped Asters, and one Purple Poppy Mallow.                

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Upcoming Events

Rain Barrel Sale 

The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 50-gallon rain barrels for sale. Barrels are $65.00 + IN sales tax. Contact the SWCD if you are interested in purchasing a rain barrel, or print out the order form and mail it with your payment.

Click here for order form.

Client Gateway

Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through an online portal. With the launch of the Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities. The Conservation Client Gateway is secure and is entirely voluntary, giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to the USDA Service Center. To learn more, visit:

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Natural Resources...

...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.

Indiana Conservation Answer Guide



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