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The Duck Creek, Pipe Creek, Killbuck Creek, Stony Creek Watershed is located in central Indiana, draining approximately 419 square miles in Tipton, Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Henry and Randolph counties. Major streams included in the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report are Duck Creek, Pipe Creek, Killbuck Creek and Stony Creek.
A comprehensive survey of the Duck Creek, Pipe Creek, Killbuck Creek, Stony Creek Watershed was conducted by Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) between 1998 and 2004. The primary cause of impairment is Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli). Pollution sources in the watershed include nonpoint sources from agriculture and pastures, land application of manure and urban and rural run-off, as well as point sources from straight pipe discharges, home sewage treatment system disposal and combined sewer overflow outlets.
TMDLs for the Duck Creek, Pipe Creek, Killbuck Creek, Stony Creek Watershed are established for E. coli and will address 38 impairments. Some of the recommended solutions to address the impairments include storm water controls, point source controls, manure management and habitat improvements.
A kickoff TMDL meeting was held on August 25, 2004 at the Anderson Public Library, 111 East 12th Street, Anderson, IN.
A draft TMDL meeting was held on April 7, 2005 at the Anderson Public Library, 111 East 12th Street, Anderson, IN starting at 1:00 p.m.
The 30-day public comment period for the draft Duck Creek, Pipe Creek, Killbuck Creek, Stony Creek Watershed TMDL began on April 4, 2005 and ended on May 4, 2005.
U.S. EPA under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act approved the Duck Creek, Pipe Creek, Killbuck Creek, Stony Creek Watershed TMDL report on April 23, 2008 for 38 impairments. TMDL reports identify and evaluate water quality problems in impaired water bodies and propose solutions to bring those waters into attainment with water quality standards.