Franklin County SWCD

Office information:

Location: 10165 Oxford Pike

Brookville, IN 47012

View Map  

Phone: (765) 647-2651 ext.3


Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

Closed weekends & holidays

*Due to the nature of our work, there will be times the office must be closed.  Please call ahead before visiting.   

Click on each tab to find out more about the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District


"Streambank Erosion Management" - Monday, October 22nd from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Brookville Public LIbrary. Presented by: Bob Barr, IUPUI Research Scientist & Silver Jackets

The Silver Jackets group has been studying the streambank erosion in the Whitewater River Watershed and throughout Indiana for many years. they have just completed a streambank erosion manual that will be made public this fall. This workshop will overview the manual and provide informationon how to go about addressing streambank erosion. Please call the Franklin County SWCD office, 765-647-2651, ext. 3, to RSVP by 10/17. Refreshments to be provided.


"Stream Permitting and Local Stabilization" - Thursday, November 1st from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Brookville Public Library. Presenters include representatives from USACOE, IDNR, and IDEM, as well as, Bob Barr, IUPUI Research Scientist & Silver Jackets.

Streams can be regulated by more than one government agency and the permitting process can be confusing. There will be agency representatives from each of the agencies present to  review thier program, jurisdiction, and permitting processs. Bob Barr will be coming back to discuss and recommend stabilization techniques for soem local sites and situations. Please RSVP to 765-647-2651, ext. 3 by 10/26.


New Watershed Project: Salt-PIpe Creek Watershed


The Decatur County SWCD was recently awarded a 205(j) Grant from the IDEM for the Salt-Pipe Creek Watershed. The $84,778 grant will provide funds to develop a watershed management plan and do education/outreach for the next 2 years. When complete, the watershed management plan will be a reference for the watershed area. It will contain a lot of data and information about the land and water along with identifying problems, causes, sources, and critical areas of the watershed. 


District Supervisors:

Michael Schwab--Chair

David Hartman--Vice-Chair

Michael Schwegman--Secretary

Darin Hodapp-Supervisor

Tim Hofer--Supervisor

Associate Supervisors:

Roger Bommer

Lee Giesting

Clinton McNally

Eugene Meyer

John Selm

Conservation Staff:

Kim Lampert--NRCS

Katie Hardin--SWCD




The Whitewater River Watershed project received $200,000 to provide a 70% cost-share on best management practices (BMP's) that will help improve the water quality of the Whitewater River. Examples of BMP's that may be eligible for cost-share are: cover crops, filter strips, grassed waterways, heavy use area protection, riparian buffers, prescribed grazing, watering facility and many more. In order to be eligible the land must be located within the Whitewater River Watershed project boundaries. A field visit will be conducted by the Watershed Coordinator to determine eligibility. Property that falls within the "High" priority areas and has a high ranking will be funded first. If money is still available, landowners located in the "Medium" priority areas will be eligible for funding in the summer of 2018. Cost-share funds will be available until February 2020 or when all money is allocated. Each applicant may receive up to a maximum of $8,000. All practices must be completed according to NRCS specifications. If you are interested in the cost-share program please contact Heather Wirth, Watershed Coordinator at or the Franklin County SWCD office.

       Eagles nesting on the Whitewater River


Osprey nesting in the Whitewater River Watershed


Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District   10165 Oxford Pike  Brookville, IN 47012-9414







Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)