The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts held their annual Conservation Awards Banquet on Jan. 8 as part of their 70th Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and presented a number of awards to Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The theme for the conference was, “The Power of Conservation: Today’s Actions, Tomorrow’s Rewards.”
The organization presented six major awards during the banquet, including the District Showcase Award which was presented to three Soil and Water Conservation Districts. LaPorte County was one such county to receive the award, which showcases how local districts are partnering with traditional and nontraditional groups, businesses, governmental agencies, local officials and volunteers to achieve their conservation goals.
The LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District was the second District Showcase winner for 2012 for their work on the Community Conservation Walk, an exhibit that utilizes what was once dead space between buildings at their county fairgrounds. Thanks to their work, the area is now a vibrant demonstration site that also serves as an educational opportunity and cool resting place for visitors.