Storm Water Alliance Management Program (SWAMP)

was established to provide financial assistance to landowners in order to implement conservation practices that reduce non-point source water pollution, especially sediment erosion, into waterways in Elkhart County. SWAMP is a cost-share program assisting with up to 75% of the total cost of the project. Conservation practices implemented through the program must remain functional on the land for 5 years. This Program is funded by Elkhart County and is administered by the Elkhart County SWCD and the Elkhart County Surveyor.

Who can benefit from this program?

Any landowner in Elkhart County, especially those that own land directly next to any water conveyance (ditch, stream, river, etc.).

What conservation practices can you implement?

  • Blind Inlets
  • Cover Crops
  • Filter Strips
  • Grade Stabilization Structures
  • Grassed Waterways
  • Exclusion Fencing

For descriptions of these practices and cost-share prices, click here.


Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Program

was established to provide financial assistance to landowners through grants awarded to local SWCD’s in order to implement conservation practices that reduce non-point source water pollution.

Who can benefit from this program?

Farmers in Elkhart County can benefit from up to 75% cost-share to implement conservation practices on their land in two categories: livestock practices and cropping practices.

What conservation practices can you implement?

For livestock:

  • Exclusion fencing
  • Heavy Use Area Protection
  • Hay and Pasture Renovation
  • Prescribed (Rotational) Grazing

For cropping:

  • Filter strips
  • Cover crops

For descriptions of these conservation practices and cost-share prices click here.