Big Creek Watershed Cost-Share Program Nearly Ready to Accept Applications!

Earlier this year, the Posey County Soil & Water Conservation District was awarded funding through a US EPA section 319 Grant.  The purpose of the grant funding is to create an agricultural cost-share program to help farmers and landowners in the big Creek Watershed pay for Best Management Practices (BMPs).  The BMPs that are being cost shared reduce nonpoint source pollution while keeping fields and feeding operations productive.

There are 54 different BMPs eligible for funding.  Examples include cover crops, grassed waterways, filter strips and WASCOBs.  In order for a farmer or landowner to be eligible for cost share, the practice needs to be within the Big Creek Watershed.  Although the majority of the watershed is in Posey County, it also drains portions of Gibson and Vanderburgh Counties.

We expect to begin taking applications June 20th.  Anyone with questions can contact Dennis Begeman at or 812-643-3053.


Big Creek Watershed Coordinator Hired and Cost Share Established

Dennis - picDennis Begeman is a new addition to the Posey County SWCD where he is the Big Creek Watershed Coordinator.

Dennis received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Southern Indiana before moving into Resource Conservation. As an undergrad, he found that he had an interest in water and the environment but a fascination with how the two interact. It was this fascination that ultimately led him toward his current career in soil and water conservation.

Having grown up in rural Gibson County, Dennis now resides in Posey County. He is familiar with the area and many of the resource issues that local residents and agricultural producers face. His task as the Big Creek Watershed Coordinator is to administer a cost-share program that is intended to promote and help pay for conservation practices within the Watershed. Anyone with questions about or interest in the Watershed’s Cost-Share Program is encouraged to contact him.

Dennis Begeman, Big Creek Watershed Coordinator, Posey County SWCD, 1805 Main St., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 812-643-3053,

Pollinator Seed Available

Free of charge for you to pick up here at the office are packets of pollinator seeds! Take your pick of the smaller packet which will cover approximately 15 sq ft or a larger packet which will cover 250 sq ft.

There’s a national grassroots interest in pollinator and Monarch butterfly habitat restoration to help restore and enhance habitat for ecologically and economically important pollinator species. Most importantly is that most of our food crops rely on pollinator activities for fruit and seed set! Pollinators include many different types of insects. Most are wild species, but honeybees are also a very valuable resource.

Members of the ICP – Indiana Conservation Partnership – are working with landowners to install and maintain pollinator habitat. The Soil & Water Conservation Districts in the southwest have a pollinator habitat grant through the Clean Water Indiana (CWI) program. With the grant, they have been able to offer seed and installation of pollinator and Monarch habitat. At least 50 acres of pollinator habitat will be planted this Spring!

We’re located at 1805 Main Street in Mt. Vernon. Stop by anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up your seed packets.