Conservation Programs

SWCD Local Cost Share Programs

Clean Water Indiana
The Clean Water Indiana Grant is a program used to promote soil health by reducing erosion and compaction, as well as, improving water quality by reducing excessive nutrients and sediments in surface and ground waters. Funding is made possible by Indiana State Soil Conservation Board and is monitored by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil Conservation.

Lawrence County SWCD applies for the funding to address the resource concerns most prominent for Lawrence County Landowners. The grant provides cost-share on eligible practices; Heavy use Area Protection (HUAP), Access Road, Watering Facility/Pipeline/HUAP, Invasive Control, Cover Crops, Erosion Control, Pasture/Hay Planting.

Eligible practices may vary from year to year. Call our office if you have any questions on eligibility.

Wildlife Food Plot Program  

Each year the SWCD office assembles seed mixtures from local businesses for Wildlife Food Plots. The bags are available for purchase and always in time for landowners to plant prior to the winter months.

NRCS Programs

Indiana NCRS is a state-wide subdivision of the national NCRS and offers a number of opportunities for Lawrence County.

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a program which provides financial and technical assistance for agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers in addressing natural resource concerns as well as delivering a number of environmental benefits.
  • Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE), a component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, work to help restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands directly through the purchase of a wetland reserve easement.
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a program where farmers, in exchange for an annual rental payment, agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production as well as planting species which help improve environmental health. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are normally 10 to 15 years in length.
  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a program which works to help build and improve existing conservation efforts while strengthening the overall operation. The CSP is unique in its ability to be custom-tailored to a number of different conservation needs, including the improvement of grazing conditions, crop resiliency or the development of wildlife habitat. CSP is the largest conservation program in the United States.