Listed below are summaries of projects funded with Section 205(j) grants by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management that are actively working on researching and planning ways to address nonpoint source pollution issues in watersheds across Indiana.
EnfoTech and Consulting, Inc. will upgrade IDEM’s Assessment Information Management System (AIMS) database application to expand geographic functionality and add new features such as displaying the Assessment Unit Identification Number (AUID) number in station descriptions, adding capabilities to upload attachments, developing an electronic bench sheet, and adding data quality flagging capabilities. EnfoTech and Consulting, Inc. will provide continued routine maintenance and technical support of the AIMS database.
The Clinton County SWCD will produce a WMP for the Browns Wonder – Sugar Creek watershed, Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 0512011001. The SWCD will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the WMP. The SWCD will coordinate with Purdue University to conduct a baseline monitoring program to gain understanding of existing water quality conditions, help identify the sources of impairment, and help to determine priority areas for implementation. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including public stakeholder meetings; mailings about the project and its progress to local officials, landowners, and residents in the watershed; workshops and field days; and press releases to the local media.
Washington County SWCD will produce a WMP for the South Fork Blue River watershed, HUC 0514010406. The SWCD will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the WMP. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including brochures, flyers, or door-hangers; media releases; field days/workshops to educate watershed residents about nonpoint source pollution and/or the importance of BMPs; presentations to local officials to solicit input on the WMP and provide project updates; public meetings; and a service program that will include storm drain marking, river clean-ups, and volunteer water quality monitoring.
The Delaware County SWCD will produce a WMP for the Upper Mississinewa River watershed, HUCs 0512010301, 0512010302, 0512010303, 0512010304, and 0512010305. The SWCD will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the watershed management plan that will meet no less than monthly. The SWCD will conduct a monitoring program that utilizes existing data, including Lake and River Enhancement Program data; establishes a baseline at all HUC 10 pour points; and incorporates data collected by IDEM for the development of the TMDL for portions of the Mississinewa River watershed. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including newsletters; a project website; press releases to local news organizations; and direct mailings.
Georgia College and State University (GCSU) will perform diatom identification and enumeration on periphyton samples collected by the State. GCSU will count and identify diatoms to the lowest possible taxonomic level under oil immersion at 1000X magnification, and count a minimum of 600 valves from each microscope slide. GCSU will provide to the State an electronic data file and a library containing a diatom taxa list and corresponding photographic images.
EnfoTech and Consulting, Inc. will provide enhancements to the Assessment Information Management System (AIMS) database, as well as continued maintenance services and technical support.
The LaGrange County SWCD will produce a WMP for the Fawn River watershed, HUC 0405000108. The SWCD will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the WMP that will meet no less than quarterly. The SWCD will conduct a monitoring program at no less than fifty-four monitoring locations throughout the nine HUC 12 watersheds that make up the project. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including field days to educate the public on water quality testing, land use problems, and solutions; urban workshops; a brochure describing the project and the benefits it will provide to the community; and news releases to the local media.
The Upper Wabash River Basin Commission (UWRBC) will produce a WMP for the Upper Wabash River watershed, HUCs 0512010107, 0512010108, and 0512010109. The WMP will be designed to achieve the reduction in pollutant loads called for in the nonpoint source Wabash River Nutrient and Pathogen TMDL. The UWRBC will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the WMP and meet no less than thirteen times. The UWRBC will conduct a monitoring program to establish a water quality baseline for the purposes of critical area identification and WMP development, as well as gauging future WMP implementation successes. The UWRBC will also conduct an education and outreach program including newsletters to stakeholders; press releases to the local media to update the public on the progress of the project and WMP; a livestock manure management workshop; a fertilizer management field day to showcase BMPs; a workshop to educate the public about septic function; and a workshop on wetland/buffer function.
The Marion County SWCD will coordinate the activities of the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) Technical Training Program Task Force and the Technical Advisory Board to promote development of the ICP Technical Training Program. This Program will entail expanding the opportunities for ICP staff participation in existing training and initiating the development of training not currently available within the Indiana Conservation Partnership to meet the technical needs of resource professionals and diminish gaps in technical assistance across the state.
The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) will collect water quality samples every two weeks from the Wabash River at the New Harmony Bridge and analyze them for multiple parameters. They will also maintain a water quality datasonde at the New Harmony Bridge to measure additional parameters every thirty minutes. They will use the data collected to calculate a total annual load of nutrients from the Wabash River. ORSANCO will maintain the project website, to provide the public with project details and access to the data collected, including calculated annual loads for total nitrogen and total phosphorus and a summary of all of the continuous monitoring data.
enfoTech and Consulting, Inc. will expand and enhance the current geographic and database functionality of IDEM’s Assessment Information Management System (AIMS) database to better address water quality issues and provide maintenance expertise on the current AIMS application.
The Jefferson County SWCD will produce a WMP for the Indian–Kentuck Creek Watershed, HUC 0514010102. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed. The Program will include public meetings, field days, workshops, river or lake clean-ups, press releases about the project and its activities to the local media, newsletters, and a septic outreach program targeted towards realtors, home inspectors, contractors, and neighborhoods on the education of septic system maintenance and care.
The Jasper County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for five subwatersheds in the Iroquois watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes 0712000201, 0712000202, 0712000203, 0712000204, and 0712000205. As part of the planning process, the District will conduct a monitoring program to establish baseline data and identify potential contributing areas. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed including: submitting information about the project to the local media; conducting workshops or field days addressing topics related to watershed planning, nonpoint source pollution and best management practices (BMPs); implementing one agricultural BMP and one urban BMP as demonstration projects to educate the public on improving water quality through BMPs; conducting a Hoosier Riverwatch Training Workshop for area high school educators and others interested in collecting water quality data; distributing newsletters about the Upper Iroquois Watershed Initiative accomplishments and future plans to watershed stakeholders; and maintaining an Upper Iroquois Watershed Initiative website containing the WMP, relevant maps, meeting announcements, and educational materials. The District will coordinate with Purdue University and conduct a survey of targeted households within the project area to measure educational awareness of water quality issues. Results will be used to help guide education and outreach efforts during the planning process as well as the implementation phase.
The Orange County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Lost River Watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes 0512020812 and 0512020813. A steering committee of local stakeholders will be formed and will meet quarterly to guide the development of the WMP. The SWCD will conduct a chemical and biological monitoring program to establish baseline conditions in the watershed. An education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed will also be conducted and will include: field days or workshops about nonpoint source pollution and/or best management practices (BMPs); presentations to local elementary schools addressing the topics of water quality, nonpoint source pollution, and solutions to the problems; presentations to local agencies, communities, civic groups, environmental groups, or the private sector about the water quality, project progress, and BMPs; news releases to the local media; newsletters to watershed stakeholders; flyers or fact sheets that address water quality, BMPs, and nonpoint source pollution; and establishing a student service learning group to conduct chemical and biological monitoring in the watershed for educational purposes.