Monday, February 7, 2011

Contact: DeeDee Sigler, Communications Manager, 317.692.7374 or 431.6098


President: Ray McCormick, Knox Co.
Vice President: Jeff Meinders, Ripley Co.
Secretary: Brian Campbell, Elkhart Co.
Treasurer: Jamie Scott, Kosciusko Co.

Region Directors

Board Roster / Region Map
North-NW: Larry Strole, Newton Co.
South-NW: Mike Starkey, Hendricks Co.
North-NE: Tom Crowe, Allen Co.
South-NE: Bobby Hettmansperger, Wabash Co.
North-SW: Paul Cummings, Owen Co.
South-SW: Jim Droege, Posey Co.
North-SE: Mike Schwab, Franklin Co.
South-SE: Brad Ponsler, Jennings Co.


Executive Director: Jennifer Boyle Warner, 317.692.7519
Conservation Development Specialist: Janice Bullman, 317.692.7514
Administrative Assistant: Rebecca Petro, 317.692.7325
Communications Manager:
DeeDee Sigler, 317.692.7374

Steuben County SWCD wins $10,000 national award

Indianapolis – Northeast Indiana's Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District SWCD is the recipient of a $10,000 National Conservation Foundation District grant. The award was presented last weekduring the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Steuben CountyPhoto Right: Kayleen Hart, Steuben County SWCD Administrative Coordinator; and Brian Musser, Steuben County SWCD Resource Conservationist; accept the award from Rudy Rice, Illinois, National Conservation Foundation Chair; and Steve Robinson, NACD President. Photo courtesy of NACD, >>Click here to download a high resolution version of the photo.

The National Conservation Foundation seeks “on-the-ground” projects that touch local communities and Steuben County SWCD's rain barrel project will certainly do just that. “The District will use the grant to install approximately 200 rain barrels,” said Kayleen Hart, the SWCD's Administrative Coordinator.

“We started our rain barrel program working with the City of Angola to place 40 barrels in critical areas,” Hart said. Hart explains the program was funded as part of an Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) 319 grant. “We partnered with the City of Angola/Trine University MS4 program to get the barrels installed,” Hart said.

Now that Steuben County is a NCF District grant recipient, they will contract with Rehabilitation and Industrial Services Enterprise (RISE), Inc., to build 200 barrels for their RISE Up to Reduce Your Storm Water, Communities Building Rain Barrels program.

The 55-gallon barrels will be sold for approximately $20 to homeowners in priority areas -- urban and lake areas of Steuben County.

“The prototype is ready,” Hart added. “Brian Musser, our Steuben County SWCD District Showcase awardresource conservationist, came back from the NACD meeting and built it last weekend, so we're ready to meet with RISE. We're excited about the project.”

The Steuben County SWCD also was honored in January as one of three state District Showcase Award winners in Indiana. The award was presented by the Indiana Conservation Partnership. Steuben County was recognized for their work to improve the water quality of the Pigeon Creek Watershed.

>> Click here to download a high resolution copy of this photo: The Steuben County SWCD received the Indiana District Showcase Award in January at the Annual Meeting of Indiana SWCDs. From the left: Jane Hardisty, NRCS State Conservationist for Indiana; Kayleen Hart, SWCD Administrative Coordinator; Tom Green SWCD Board of Supervisors Chair; and Brian Musser, SWCD Resource Conservationist.

For more Web resources on rain barrels and other SWCDs around Indiana who sell them >> click here. To find out more about the Steuben County SWCD conservation programs, contact Kayleen Hart by email or at 260.665.3211, ext. 3.


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