Vanderburgh County Soil and Water Conservation District

Our mission is to provide quality conservation services resulting in a harmonious balance between natural resources, social change, and profitability within Vanderburgh County by fostering innovative partnerships.

District Purpose/Governance/Powers Purpose
In Indiana, a soil and water conservation district (SWCD) is a unit of state government responsible for soil and water conservation programs within its county boundaries. The district provides a means for all interested people in a county to work together for natural resource conservation and development. It is funded through a variety of sources, including county and state appropriations, money-making activities, grants, and private donations.
The official governing body of a district consists of five supervisors. Three are elected (One each year for a three-year term) at an annual meeting of land occupiers held in January, February, or March. Two are appointed (also for staggered three-year Terms) by the State Soil Conservation Board based upon recommendations of the leadership in the district. The selection of all five
supervisors is based upon recommendations of the leadership in the district. The selection of all five supervisors is also based on input from the local people
they serve. As public officials responsible to the district and state, supervisors are required to subscribe to a standard oath of office.

The five supervisors' major roles are to evaluate local soil and water conservation needs and opportunities, to set priorities, and to provide for the develop-ment of we programs to meet those prioritized needs within the district.
As a governmental subdivision of the State of Indiana and a public body (corporate and politic), soil and water conservation districts exercise public powers. Following is a summary of the specific powers given to SWCDs and
their supervisors by the Soil and Water Conservation
(Indiana Code 4-32):

To carry out soil erosion and water runoff preventive and control measures within the district (a) on land owned or controlled by the state and (b) on any other land upon obtaining the consent of the occupier of the land or the necessary rights or interests in such lands.

To construct, improve, operate, and maintain the structures that are necessary or convenient for the performance of any of the operations authorized in the District Act.

To cooperate or enter into agreements with and furnish financial or other aid to any federal, state, or other agency or any occupier of lands within the district to carry on conservation operations, subject to such conditions as the supervisors deem necessary.

To obtain options upon and acquire by purchase, exchange, lease, gift, grant, bequest, device, any real or personal property or rights or interests in property; to maintain, administer, and improve the properties acquired; to receive income from the properties and expend such income in carrying out the District Act; and to sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of property or interests in property in furtherance of the District Act.

To make available to land occupiers within the district (on such terms that the district prescribes) agricultural and engineering machinery and equipment, fertilizer, seeds, seedlings, other material or equipment, and services from the district that will assist such land occupiers to conserve the soil and water resources.

To develop comprehensive plans for the proper management of soil and water resources within the district; and to publish such plans and information and bring them to the attention of land occupiers within the district.

To take over (with consent of any federal or state entity, by purchase, lease, or otherwise) and to administer any soil and water conservation, erosion control, water quality protection, or flood prevention project of the entity located within the district's boundaries.

To accept donations, gifts, and contributions in money, services, materials, or otherwise from the United States; and to use or expend such contributions in carrying on district operations.

To sue and be sued in the name of the district; to have perpetual succession unless terminated; to make and execute contractors and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of the district's powers; and to adopt rules and regulations to carry into effect the purposes and powers of the District Act.

To require an occupier of lands not owned or controlled by the state (as a condition to extending benefits under the District Act) to (a) make contributions of money, services, materials, or otherwise to any operations conferring such benefits, and/or (b) enter into agreements or covenants regarding the use and treatment of the lands that will prevent or control soil erosion, achieve water conservation and water quality protection, and reduce flooding.


Contact Vanderburgh County Soil and Water Conservation District

Bonnie Bittner
Executive Assistant
12445 Hwy 41 North
Evansville, Indiana  47725-7021
Phone: (812) 867-0729
Fax: (812) 867-0622


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Vanderburgh County, Indiana

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