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Scott County Soil & Water Conservation District is a subunit of state government, and therefore does not qualify for 501c3 not-for-profit status. As set forth in Indiana Code, Scott County SWCD is a public body that will assist in conserving the soil and water resources of the land occupiers. The SWCD budget is primarily dependent upon public funds and the procurement of outside grant funding sources. In many ways the SWCD is similar to a not-for-profit organization.
The mission of the Scott County SWCD is helping others help themselves conserve and protect the natural resources of Scott County. Services offered to the public are generally free of charge and include one-on-one assistance, workshops, field days, educational information, and newsletters. Every February the SWCD holds a public annual meeting for the community to review the previous year’s programs and finances. The SWCD also plans and implements the annual Hardy Lake Sweep. As well, the SWCD offers rental equipment consisting of no-till drills, a straw crimper, and seed slinger. Each county in Indiana (92) has a soil and water conservation district. SWCDs are led by a 5-member elected and appointed board of supervisors. SWCDs identify and address soil and water conservation needs in their counties. SWCDs address issues such as agricultural conservation, urban conservation, forestry, wildlife habitat enhancement, water management, land use change, and natural resource education. The Scott County SWCD is responsible for the leadership in conserving and protecting soil and water related resources within Scott County. We 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 education, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies. Scott County SWCD is fiscally responsible and is audited each year by the State Board of Accounts (SBOA). All SBOA audits have been passed, as have the audits from state and federal agencies that have awarded the SWCD grants in the past.