Huntington County Soil & Water Conservation District
Our Mission: The mission of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is to educate and provide assistance to the citizens of our county in the wise use of conservation practices on the land to protect the soil, water quality and other natural resources.
The Huntington County SWCD is a sub-divison of State Government and operate as a Department of Huntington County Government. It is a public body which exercises public powers. It is governed by five supervisors, esch a resident of Huntington County, three elected and two appointed.
Pictured below: Left to Right - Kyle Lund- Vice-Chairman, Adam Couch-supervisor, Kandace Villanueva-supervisor, Cheryl Jarrett - SWCD Staff, Stuart Stephan - supervisor and Andrew Ambriole - Chairman.
Links to Conservation Agencies
Our Grant Projects
The 319 Grant project was completed in February 2021. A new 319 Grant to continue efforts in the watershed was submitted by Wells County SWCD and will be implemented in the next few months.
Upper Wabash River - Phase III 319 Implementation Grant
The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), with the cooperation of Allen, Wells, Wabash, and Whitley counties and partnership agencies, completed the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for phase 3 of the Upper Wabash River Watershed.
In November 2021 we received a Section 319 Non-point Source Management Grant that will provide cost share funds for implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs). Cost share funds will be available for both agricultural and urban conservation practices. A Cost Share Plan has been developed and will serve as a guide for the cost share program.
In the WMP, critical areas were determined and ranked in three tiers. Tier 1 as primary critical areas, Tier 2 as secondary critical areas and Tier 3 as non-critical areas. Landowners in the Tier 1 areas will be eligible to apply for cost share funds to implement conservation practices.
Below is the Cost Share Plan, brochure, maps of critical areas and applications that can be downloaded from this site:
Rule 5 Erosion Control Program
The purpose of the 327 IAC 15-5 (Rule 5) is to reduce pollutants, principally sediment as a result of soil erosion, in storm water discharges into surface waters of the state. The requirements of Rule 5 apply to all persons who are involved in construction activity (which includes clearing, grading, excavation and other land disturbing activities) that results in the disturbance of one (1) acre or more of total land area. If the land disturbing activity results in the disturbance of less than one (1) acre, but is part of a larger common plan of development or sale (such as the development of a subdivision or industrial Park), it is still subject to storm water permitting.