April 2023 – Lunch ‘n Learns for Indiana Districts

IASWCD is hosting April Lunch ‘n Learn sessions.
12 noon (Eastern) for one hour

Wednesday, April 5
Source Water Protection & The Farm Bill
with Toby Days,
Source Water Specialist, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water
As long as water is coming out of the tap, many people often don’t think of the process it takes to get water to their homes or where that water comes from. Keeping drinking water protection as an objective in your conservation projects can open up new funding sources as well as, new partnerships to collaborate with. Learn about Indiana’s Source Water Protection Program and USDAs committed to protecting Indiana’s sources of drinking water.
The 2018 Farm Bill passage expands funding for drinking water protection. This is an exciting opportunity for agriculture producers to assist rural Indiana communities in protecting their sources of drinking water. The 2018 farm bill increased conservation funding and mandates that 10 percent of funds authorized for conservation programs, like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Reserve Program, must be used to protect sources of
drinking water. That’s an incredible $4 billion over the next 10 years.
This a great opportunity for USDA, SWCDs and other conservation minded groups to form new partnerships with their local water systems and agriculture producers that address source water protection challenges.
Register: https://bit.ly/LnL_4-5-23

Wednesday, April 12
NACD: Advocating for Districts Nationally as One Voice
with Beth Mason, NC Region Rep, NACD
What is NACD and how do they support districts nationwide? Join Beth Mason, North Central Region Rep, National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), as she presents on the value and benefits of this nonprofit organization and how they advocate as the national voice for all conservation districts. Included in this presentation will be a legislative/governmental affairs update.
Register: https://bit.ly/LnL_4-12-23

Wednesday, April 19
Resources and Assistance for Woodland Owners
with Liz Jackson,
Forestry Extension Specialist for Purdue University Department of Forestry & Natural Resources; Executive Director of the statewide Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association and the National Walnut Council
There are many resources available to woodland owners to help them meet their property objectives. This presentation will review some programs, personnel, and resources available through Purdue Extension Forestry & Natural Resources and across the state to help Indiana landowners manage their woodlands.
Register: https://bit.ly/LnL_4-19-23

Thursday, April 27
Invasive Species GIS Tool Development via Partnerships
with Claire Lane,
Urban Conservationist, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
As the urban conservationist at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Claire Lane manages the development and delivery of backyard and urban conservation programs to Hamilton County residents. The urban conservation program offers site visits and technical assistance, a tool loan program, development of educational publications, events and workshops, and more. Claire also manages the Hamilton County Invasives Partnership. Learn more about these programs at www.hamiltonswcd.org.
Register: https://bit.ly/LnL_4-27-23

Past Trainings or Meetings with Recorded Links

Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Funding Initiative Webinar (August 2022)

Indiana Districts – if you would like to view the recorded CWI funding webinar presented by Joe Schmees and Cress Hizer, please contact Amy Work (amy-work@iaswcd.org) for the link.

With an upcoming budget legislative session starting January 2023, and a current surplus, IASWCD has been working to put together a comprehensive request to increase Clean Water Indiana (CWI) funding. CWI not only funds conservation work, but provides direct financial support to you, our member SWCDs. We, at IASWCD, have partnered with the State of Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM) to develop a funding request, and have been meeting with partners and Executive Branch staff to advocate for this initiative.

This webinar provides an overview of the request, the reasoning we’ve shared with others regarding the need, and an update on our progress. We will also talk about next steps and the role that you as districts, and SWCD Supervisors and Staff, will need to play.

October 5, 2022
USDA Resources for Working with Beginning Farmers

Beginning farmers need a lot of different things and each one is unique. Learn what resources that USDA can offer including conservation assistance, low interest loans, crop insurance, and grant programs. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service outreach coordinator, Will Fett, will talk through programs and opportunities for beginning farmers from NRCS, FSA, RMA, and RD. Walk away with a better idea of how to work with and direct beginning farmers you work with to the resources they need.
Presentation (recording)
Get Started Fact Sheet
FPAC-Beginning Farmers_Indiana – brochu

June 29, 2022
IDEM Storm Water Permitting Webinar for SWCDs

IDEM Stormwater Info page
IDEM e-permitting stormwater
IDEM nSITE (map)

IDEM Wetlands & Stormwater Program (slideshow)

2022 April Lunch ‘n Learn Sessions: Training for Indiana District Staff and Supervisors

April 6 Lunch ‘n Learn
Resources to Assist Small Farm & Urban Customers” – RECORDING
and Presentation Slides (presenter: Elli Blaine)

April 13 Lunch ‘n Learn
“Working Smarter, Not Harder: Planning & Prioritizing Invasive Management” – RECORDING and Presentation Slides (presenter: Emily Finch)

April 20 Lunch ‘n Learn
“Conservation 101” – RECORDING and Presentation Slides (presenter: Chris Lee)

April 27 Lunch ‘n Learn
“Optimizing Field Day Impact and Attendee Experience” – RECORDING and Presentation Slides (presenters: Leslie Fisher and Seth Harden). Field Day Checklist


Public Access Law Update – March 17, 2022 (recording)
An overview of the Public Access Law, requirements for board and annual meetings, and how things have changed during the COVID pandemic, and how they are different now with the public health emergency ended.
Presenter: Luke Britt, Public Access Councilor.

Legislative Preview – January 5, 2022 (recording)
Presented by Cresswell Hizer and Joe Schmees

VirTuesdays: Training for Indiana Soil & Water District Staff and Supervisors (2021)

Once each month, July through October, a series of four VirTuesdays were hosted by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Below are the links to each recording.

July 20District Insurance Needs and Liability – RECORDING

August 24Human Resource Management 101: Contract Employee vs. District Employee – RECORDING

September 21Records Retention – RECORDING

October 19Turning Data into Action – RECORDING

October 27 – Electronic Records – RECORDING
Chat Box with Resources
PowerPoint Slides for Electronic Records Presentation
Examples of Social Media Policies (four examples)
Indiana Public Records Laws and Social Media | ArchiveSocial



Coronavirus Information and Updates for Indiana Districts

Your District Dues At Work


If you need immediate assistance or can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact Joe Schmees or Amy Work at 317-692-7374.

  • Indiana Watershed Group Finder – a companion site to the Indiana HUC Finder, both developed through the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program in collaboration with the IDEM and IASWCD. The Finder is a Google Map based tool that makes it easy to find active watershed or watershed-focused groups throughout Indiana.

Government Shutdown Plans and Procedures:

Unique Opportunites for Districts

Publications & Information to Share with the Public

IASWCD Organizational Information
Budgets, Board minutes, and more area all available in our Board Page.