The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District has hired Ginger Davis as its new Conservation Administrator.
Davis replaces John South, who retired in June after 38 years of service, and brings with her extensive master’s training in Civil Engineering and Hydrology, vast work experience with various soil and water conservation districts around the state, a great deal of training through the Natural Resources Conservation Service and varied leadership experience.
Among her many accomplishments, Davis is an Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy Graduate, an Earth Science Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech and a past watershed coordinator for the Lost River Watershed Project in Orange County, Ind. Her previous position was as a hydrogeologist with Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, where she researched groundwater resources. Davis also is a certified floodplain manager as well as a licensed professional geologist.
“Our district is fortunate to be able to hire someone with such great experience,” HCSWCD Board Chair Rodney Rulon said. “We look forward to working with Ginger.”
Davis has designed and executed several conservation plans on local, agricultural properties, along with designing urban stormwater runoff following Natural Resources Conservation Service, Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management and EPA guidelines.
As watershed coordinator for Lost River in southern Indiana, she worked on designing sinkhole treatment systems to abate and control nutrient and sediment runoff from adjacent feedlots and row cropping fields in limestone areas.
She has modeled using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool to look at the impact that land management practices have on water, sediment and agricultural chemical yields with a variety of soils, land use and land-management variations.
“I’m excited to meet and assist the public and county on general conservation techniques,” Davis said. “It will be great to work with the staff here to further the soil and water conservation goals for the county.”
Davis began her position July 25.