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.

By visiting and using the Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District website, you are subject to, and understand the terms of our Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy

This policy statement addresses the collection, use, and security of information that may be obtained through the use of the Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District website. This policy may be modified from time to time without notice, so please check back periodically.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The domain name and IP address of the computer you used to access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time of your visit;
  • The pages on our site that you visited, and length of time spent on each of those pages;
  • If you linked to the website from another website, the address of that website.

We use this information to help make our site more useful to our visitors. None of this information can identify a visitor personally, but rather is statistical information used to analyze the number of visitors to our site, and the types of technology our visitors are using.

Your Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information (name, mailing address, phone number, Email address) by filling out a ‘contact us’ or similar form and submitting it to us through this website, we will use that information to respond to you and get you the information you requested. We will not give, share, or sell your information to any individuals, governmental agencies, private organizations, or commercial enterprises unless required to do so by law.


The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District is committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How We Use Cookies

A cookie is a small text file placed on your computer by the websites you visit. Our website uses cookies to help enhance our site. These cookies in no way give us access to your computer – the cookies are used for statistical purposes, and they expire at the end of your browsing session. Most web browsers accept cookies automatically, but you may choose to decline cookies by modifying your web browser settings. Please be aware that declining cookies could impair the functionality of our website.

Links to Other Sites

The Daviess County Soil & Water District website contains links to other internet sites that are not owned, operated, controlled or reviewed by the Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District. These links are provided solely as a courtesy and convenience to you, the visitor. When you link to and visit another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District does not sponsor, endorse, or approve the information, content, products, materials, opinions or services contained on any external site linked from our website. The visitor proceeds to these external sites at his/her own risk.

Comments or Questions

If you have any comments or questions about the information presented here, please contact the Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District office, 812-254-4780, ext. 3.

This privacy policy was reviewed and approved by the Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors on May 21, 2018. Effective date: May 21, 2018.

What's Happening in the Rain Garden?

  Fall has arrived in the rain garden - some of the flowers have set seed pods, and others are drying out.  A few of the Purple Poppy Mallows are hanging on, but the big story is the explosion of Asters blooming now - and they are attracting lots of pollinators! Many of the dried seed heads and stalks will be left standing through the winter, providing a food source & shelter for birds and beneficial insects. Be sure to visit the rain garden in every season!

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Annual Meeting Highlights

The Annual Meeting of the Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District was held on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Following a delicious meal from Carla's Catering, Philip Flint was unanimously re-elected to another 3-year term as a Supervisor on the SWCD Board. A large crowd was on hand as the SWCD honored local members of the farming community. See all the award winners here.

Everyone enjoyed the amazing and astounding feats of magic performed by Josh Cecil, "Cecil Magic"! Thanks also to the Washington High School FFA Chapter for helping serve the meal.

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Plant List for Eastside Park Rain Garden
Common Name Scientific Name Bloom Time
 Astillbe tAstilbe Astilbe cultivars April-May
 Bergamot tBergamot Monarda fistulosa June-September
 Black Chokeberry tBlack Chokeberry (shrub) Aronia melanocarpa April-May
 Blue False Indigo tBlue False Indigo Baptisia australis August-September
 Blue Flag Iris tBlue Flag Iris Iris virginica var. shrevei April-May
 Cardinal Flower tCardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis June-July
 Celandine Poppy tCelandine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum April-May
 Columbine tColumbine Aquilegia canadensis April-July
 Culvers Root  Culver's Root Veronicastrum virginicum June-August
Fire Pink  Fire Pink Silene virginica May-July
Flattopped Aster  Flat-topped Aster Doellingeria umbellata August-September
Golden Ragwort r  Golden Ragwort Packera aurea April
 Fox Sedge tFox Sedge Carex vulpinoidea May-July
 Great Blue Lobelia tGreat Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica July-September
 Marsh Milkweed tMarsh Milkweed Asclepias incarnata June-October
 Ohio Spiderwort tOhio Spiderwort Tradescantia ohiensis May-July
PurplePoppy Mallow  Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe involucrata May-June

 sage   Sage

Salvia superba 'Merleau' May-June
Swamp Aster  Swamp Aster Symphotrichum puniceum August-September
 Wild Geranium tWild Geranium Geranium maculatum April-May

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 $45.00 + IN sales tax for Daviess County residents, the price for residents of other counties is $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.

Rain Barrel 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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