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The 2017 DeKalb SWCD annual meeting and banquet was held on March 14th at Bridgewater Golf Club.  Approximately 95 citizens joined us for a delicious dinner provided by our very generous sponsors!  Retired Middle School teacher Barb Frymier gave a very enjoyable presentation on the life of Conservationist Aldo Leopold.  Steve Watson was re-elected to a second three year term as supervisor.  The evening ended with an awards presentation.

Jim Deetz, shown here with his wife Bonnie, was presented the 2016 Master Farm Conservationist Award.  Mr. Deetz was recognized for his life long commitment to soil stewardship and conservation.

Phil Haynes along with his wife Laura and children Aida and Owen accept the 2016 DeKalb County Soil & Water Conservation District Conservation Farmer of the Year Award.  The award was presented based on Mr. Haynes efforts to implement conservation farming practices into his operation.

DeKalb County Soil & Water Conservation District Natural Resource Coordinator, Allen Haynes (far left) presented the DeKalb County SWCD 2016 Environmental Award to The Andersons Waterloo Ag Center. Greg Myers, Luke Rivir and Jason Hamman of The Andersons accepted the award on The Anderson’s  behalf.   DeKalb SWCD wished to recognize The Anderson’s for becoming the first 4-R certified Ag retailer in the state of Indiana.

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DeKalb County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Judy Strock (middle) presented the 2016 Friends of the District award to retired DeKalb County Councilmembers Janet Ordway-Surber & Bob Wilder.  The DeKalb SWCD Board of Supervisors wished to show their appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Ordway-Surber and Mr. Wilder for their continued support of the district while serving on the County Council.

Jeff Conrad, center, was recognized as the DeKalb County 2016 River Friendly Farmer.  Jill Krause, ISDA and DeKalb Supervisor Steve Watson presented a sign for Mr. Conrad to display at his farm.  This award is given to an operator based on their farm management practices that protect Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams.  All River Friendly Farmer award winners are introduced on Farm Day at the Indiana State Fair.

Join us on October 7th for our FREE fall rain barrel workshop.  We will have the power tools and fixtures necessary for you to construct a fully functioning rain barrel which you will then take with you.  The workshop will be held at the City...

June 10th we held our second rain barrel workshop with over 20 people attending and 25 barrels constructed!  This was the biggest workshop we've had since starting 3 years ago.  The workshops are fun for people of all ages and everyone seems to help each...

The first Rain Barrel workshop for 2017 was held on April 29th.  This year we are holding the workshops on Saturday morning.  Even with though it was a nasty stormy Saturday morning we still had 9 people show up!  Everyone had a great time and...

Join us and the City of Auburn's Stormwater Pollution Control for a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday November 5, 2016 from 1:00-2:00pm.   Learn how to and actually construct a rain barrel then take your ready to use barrel home with you!  All barrels, power tools and...

October 11, 2016, we'll be hosting an event for  home owners and home builders to learn more about proper placement of septic systems. Join us at Rick & Leesa Houser's home from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Read the full details here....