Water conservation in urban areas is important!

Over the area of 1 acre, a 1 inch rainfall event produces 27,154 gallons of water (about 679 bathtubs full).

There are many ways homeowners can implement conservation on their land: planting a pollinator habitat, making sure to not over-apply fertilizer and other chemicals to lawns, properly disposing of household hazardous waste (think cleaning liquids and medicines), picking up after your pet, keeping your local storm water drain clear of debris, planting a rain garden, or installing a rain barrel – just to name a few.

If you have any questions about how to conserve the soil and water resources around your home, give us a call! We’d be glad to help.

Click here to check out NRCS’s Backyard Conservation Tips!


Rain Garden/ Rain Barrel Incentive Program

The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership will help homeowners install rain gardens and rain barrels in most of Elkhart County. For homeowners who qualify, the program can reimburse up to $250 for rain garden plants and up to $50 per rain barrel (maximum two rain barrels per parcel). This incentive program is being funded in 2021 for the 12th year. The program comes as a result of stakeholder input into the Partnership’s stormwater fee. The program is open to anyone in Elkhart, Goshen, Bristol, or unincorporated areas of Elkhart County. These are the areas where residents pay a stormwater fee to fund the Partnership’s programs.

You Want to Do Your Part. We Want to Help.

 The application is available at the Elkhart County SWCD office or at the links below. Approval will be given on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last.

In order to qualify for reimbursement, applicants must also attend a workshop on rain gardens and rain barrels. See our events page to see upcoming workshops.

Rain Barrel Application Fillable PDF

Rain Garden Application Fillable PDF