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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Nonpoint Source Water Pollution

Nonpoint Source > Funding > Current Section 319/205j Projects > Summary of Current 319(h) Grant Projects Summary of Current 319(h) Grant Projects

Listed below are summaries of projects funded with Section 319(h) grants by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management that are actively working on researching, planning, and implementing solutions to nonpoint source pollution issues in watersheds across Indiana.

Additional details about these projects can be found through the EPA’s Nonpoint Source Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS). GRTS is the primary tool for management and oversight of state Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Programs under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The U.S. EPA recently added new tools to the GRTS database to enable the public to search for information about NPS pollution control projects. IDEM has provided a brief tutorial with more information on accessing and using the U.S. EPA GRTS website.

FFY 2015

School Branch NWQI Study (EDS# A305-6-5)

The United States Geological Survey (Survey) will collect and interpret scientific data about water quality and water quantity in the School Branch watershed in Hendricks County, Indiana as part of the National Water Quality Initiative. The Survey will operate one water-quality monitoring gage on School Branch at CR 750 N that will provide continuous data for nitrate, phosphate, turbidity, pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and specific conductance; three streamflow gages on School Branch at Maloney Road, at CR 750 N, and at Noble Drive that will provide continuous data on water quantity represented by stream stage and stream discharge; and four monitoring wells near School Branch at CR 750 N that will provide continuous data on depth to groundwater and groundwater temperature. The Survey will maintain a web page to display continuous data from the School Branch gages and wells for stream stage and discharge, continuous water quality, and groundwater depth and temperature, and maintain a School Branch project web page to communicate information about the study. The Survey will participate in public and technical forums to present the results of the School Branch monitoring. The Survey will publish a Scientific-Investigations Report to describe the methods and data from this project.

Pathway to Water Quality (EDS# A305-6-184)

The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) will renovate and maintain the Pathway to Water Quality (PWQ) exhibit on the Indiana State Fairgrounds and provide education and outreach to visitors on water quality and NPS pollution during the Indiana State Fair and during Global Learning Initiative tours. This IASWCD will continue to maintain existing features at the PWQ exhibit and install new features such as pervious concrete, a green roof, and new signage. The IASWCD will also develop and distribute news releases, post project updates each year to Facebook or Twitter, publish articles about the exhibit, and post PWQ information and volunteer opportunities on the IASWCD web site.

Upper Tippi-Walnut Creek WMP (EDS# A305-6-7)

The Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation (TWF) will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Tippecanoe – Walnut Creek watershed, Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 0512010602. A steering committee of local stakeholders will guide the development of the WMP. The TWF will conduct a monitoring program to establish baseline water quality, help identify sources of impairment, and help determine priority areas for implementation. The TWF will also conduct an education and outreach program including public meetings, brochures, press releases, a website for the project, newsletter articles, Hoosier Riverwatch workshops, and field days/workshops to education stakeholders about water quality and NPS pollution.

Indian-Kentuck Implementation (EDS# A305-6-1)

The Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D (HHH) will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as conservation tillage, cover crops, pasture/hayland improvement, livestock exclusion, riparian buffers and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Indian Kentuck WMP. The HHH will conduct an education and outreach program to educate stakeholders on water quality and BMPs including steering committee meetings, public meetings, field tours/days, workshops, brochures, river clean-ups, and posting information about the project and educational materials on the Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D watershed web site.

Lower Eel River WMP Implementation (EDS# 6-183)

The Clay County SWCD will develop, promote, and implement a cost-share program to implement BMPs such as cover crops, filter strips, conservation tillage and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Lower Eel River WMP. The District will conduct a volunteer monitoring program using Hoosier Riverwatch methods to compare with data from the Lower Eel River WMP for the purpose of trend monitoring. The monitoring will be conducted quarterly for two years at the same locations and for the same parameters as monitored in the WMP. The District will conduct Hoosier Riverwatch training for volunteers before monitoring activities begin. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program including stakeholder meetings, quarterly steering committee meetings, brochures, newsletters, news releases, and field days or workshops to educate people on the cost-share program and BMPs available and to educate students on non-point source pollution in the watershed.

Middle Eel-Beargrass Creek Implementation (EDS# 6-4)

Manchester University will develop, promote, and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as nutrient management, cover crops, livestock stream exclusion, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Middle Eel River Watershed Management Plan. The University will conduct an education and outreach program including brochures, public meetings, newsletters, news releases, and field days. They will also conduct a monitoring program in the watershed to determine trends in water quality by maintaining two gage stations on the mainstem of Beargrass Creek and collecting six samples daily at the gage stations during May through June, annually.

Big Creek WMP Implementation (EDS# 6-8)

The Posey County SWCD will develop, promote, and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as cover crops, filter strips, conservation tillage and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Big Creek Watershed Management Plan. The District will provide technical assistance to landowners to facilitate BMP implementation. The District will conduct an education and outreach program including mailings, workshops, signage, workshops, press releases and newsletters to educate stakeholders about NPS pollution, the cost share program, and benefits of BMPs.

FFY 2014

Hoosier Riverwatch Database Upgrades (EDS# A305-4-212)

EcoLogik, Inc. will upgrade the Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer Stream Monitoring Internet Database so that it will have infrastructure based on PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) instead of ASP (Active Server Page); allow more flexibility for users to enter data easily on tablets or cell phones; allow the general public an easier time gathering information from the website; and allow users’ data to be uploaded to IDEM’s Assessment Information Management System (AIMS).

Indiana Clean Lakes Program (EDS# A305-4-216)

Indiana University will conduct an assessment of no less than 320 Indiana lakes and reservoirs to determine water quality and track trends in lake eutrophication levels; train and support a corps of volunteer lake monitors; and conduct education and outreach on lake and watershed nonpoint source pollution issues. Education/outreach efforts will include publishing and distributing the quarterly Water Column newsletter, and maintaining and updating the Indiana Clean Lakes Program (CLP) web site and Facebook page to inform the public about lake and watershed issues in Indiana and to post CLP activities and announcements.

Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy 2015 (EDS# A305-5-194)

Purdue University will complete the 2015 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy that began under the previous grant (EDS# A305-2-72), including developing and coordinating the session programs for the remaining two face-to-face workshops; managing the distance education component; managing an interactive web site; holding at least four interactive online meetings to enhance community and discuss learning; holding a graduation ceremony; and providing a Professional Certificates of Watershed Management to those that complete the Academy.

Upper Iroquois Implementation (EDS# A305-4-215)

The Jasper County SWCD will develop, promote, and implement a cost-share program to install best management practices (BMPs) such as filter strips, nutrient management, conservation tillage and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Upper Iroquois River Watershed Management Plan (WMP). BMPs will be implemented only in critical areas as described in the Upper Iroquois River WMP. The SWCD will conduct a monitoring program based on Hoosier Riverwatch methods to track progress towards meeting load reduction goals, specifically where targeted BMPs and education efforts are occurring in the critical areas. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including: newsletters, news releases to the local media, articles to partner newsletters, workshops and field days, public meetings, and maintaining the Upper Iroquois Watershed Initiative website.

Upper Wabash River Implementation (EDS# A305-5-10)

The Upper Wabash River Basin Commission (UWRBC) will develop, promote and implement a cost-share program to install BMPs such as conservation tillage, cover crops, vegetated buffers, rain gardens and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Upper Wabash River Watershed Management Plan. BMPs will be implemented only in critical areas as described in the Upper Wabash River WMP. The UWRBC will conduct a monitoring program to evaluate trends in water quality as well as to educate and provide ownership opportunities for stakeholders to participate in the program. The UWRBC will also conduct an education and outreach program including: public meetings, field days, a workshop on septic system maintenance, river clean-up events, a Hoosier Riverwatch training workshop, newsletters, and press releases to the local media.

Hogan Creek Implementation (EDS# A305-5-3)

The Dearborn County SWCD will develop, promote and implement a cost-share program to install BMPs such as cover crops, no-till, nutrient management, forage and biomass planting, livestock exclusion, roof runoff systems, riparian buffers and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Hogan Creek Watershed Management Plan. BMPs will be implemented only in critical areas as described in the Hogan Creek WMP. The SWCD will conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation including: field days or workshops about BMPs and water quality, flyers, pamphlets, newsletters, press releases, fact sheets to watershed residents to promote the cost-share program, a septic system workshop to educate homeowners on the importance of septic system care and maintenance, and stream or watershed clean-ups to encourage public involvement in the project.

Whitewater River Initiative (EDS# A305-5-5)

Wayne County SWCD will develop, promote and implement a cost-share program to install BMPs such as conservation tillage, forage and biomass planting, livestock exclusion, riparian buffers and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the West Fork Whitewater Watershed Management Plan. BMPs will be implemented only in critical areas as described in the West Fork Whitewater WMP. The SWCD will conduct a volunteer monitoring program to collect trend data in the West Fork and Middle Fork Whitewater watersheds using Hoosier Riverwatch methods monthly from April to October for the duration of the project. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including: a storm drain labeling program within the West Fork Whitewater watershed, public meetings to update stakeholders on the West Fork watershed project, press releases about the project to local media, workshops or field days, newsletters, Middle Fork Reservoir clean-ups, West Fork watershed clean-ups, and brochures.

Central Muscatatuck Implementation (EDS# A305-5-6)

The Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D (HHH) will develop, promote and implement a cost-share program to install BMPs such as conservation tillage, cover crops, forage and biomass planting, livestock exclusion, riparian buffers and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Central Muscatatuck Watershed Management Plan. BMPs will be implemented only in critical areas as described in the Central Muscatatuck WMP. The HHH will conduct an education and outreach program including: field tours/days to educate watershed residents about nonpoint source pollution and/or the importance of incorporating the BMPs outlined in the WMP, educational workshops about septic systems issues, public meetings, river or lake clean-ups to promote involvement in the project, a brochure to promote cost-share projects, news releases to local media, articles to be included in partnership newsletters, and radio announcements.

Phosphorus Risk Reduction Pilot Project Upper Maumee (EDS# A305-6-9)

The Allen County SWCD will develop and implement a Phosphorus Risk Reduction Pilot Program in the Upper Maumee watershed to implement agricultural BMPs such as filter strips, cover crops, nutrient management, residue management, drainage water management and others that address the phosphorus water quality concerns outlined in the Upper Maumee River WMP. The Program will be implemented in the following critical area subwatersheds: Black Creek, Marsh Ditch, Six-Mile Creek, Trier Ditch, and Bottern Ditch. Reimbursement of BMPs will be based on producers minimizing the risk of phosphorus runoff from their farm field(s) from an existing baseline P-Index score (using the Ohio NRCS Phosphorus-Index Scoring System) of “medium”, “high” or “very high”, to a “low” P-Index score. The SWCD will form an advisory committee of project partners to guide the development and implementation of the Phosphorus Risk Reduction Pilot Program. Promotion of the Program will be done through the quarterly Allen County SWCD newsletter, partner publications, and promotion at agricultural community events in the critical subwatersheds.

FFY 2013 Funds

Fourteen Mile Creek/Goose Creek-OH River Watershed (EDS# 3-118)

The Clark County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Fourteen Mile Creek/Goose Creek-OH River watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) 0514010104 and 0514010106 (Indiana portion only). The SWCD will conduct a monitoring program to obtain baseline data for the watershed to assist with the development of the WMP. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including field days or workshops and brochures on nutrient management and septic system care and maintenance; public meetings to gather public input for the WMP and update the public on the WMP’s progress; newsletters to provide updates on project progress and events and information on water quality; news releases to the local media; and stream cleanups to educate volunteers about nonpoint source pollution.

Upper Salamonie WMP (EDS# 3-122)

The Jay County Commissioners will produce a WMP for the Upper Salamonie River watershed, HUCs 0512010201 and 0512010202. The Commissioners will conduct a monitoring program to assist in determining critical areas in the watershed. The Commissioners will also conduct an education and outreach program including public meetings to inform the public about water quality issues and get input on the watershed plan; a brochure to educate stakeholders about water quality and the watershed project; press releases to promote the project; educational materials to both urban and agricultural landowners on best management practices (BMPs) to promote water quality; and a service learning program for middle and high school students in the watershed.

Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Implementation (EDS# 3-120)

The Washington County SWCD will develop and implement a cost-share program to implement BMPs such as riparian buffers, forage and biomass plantings, residue management, drainage water management, nutrient management, cover crops, permeable pavement and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Mill Creek – Blue River Watershed Management Plan. The SWDC will implement one agricultural BMP and one urban BMP as demonstration projects to educate the public on improving water quality through BMPs. The SWCD will also conduct a monitoring program for educational purposes and to collect trend data using Hoosier Riverwatch methods. An education and outreach program will be conducted including steering committee and public stakeholder meetings; brochures; media releases; watershed newsletters; field days or workshops to educate landowners and managers about nonpoint source pollution and/or the importance of incorporating BMPs into their management programs; Hoosier Riverwatch training for new water quality monitoring volunteers; and community volunteer stream clean-up days to promote positive behavior changes in the community towards water quality and reducing nonpoint source pollution.

Deep River-Portage Burns Waterway Watershed Initiative (EDS# 3-125)

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will produce a WMP for the Deep River – Portage Burns Waterway Watershed, HUC 0404000105. After the WMP is complete, NIRPC will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as low impact development and stormwater retrofits, two stage ditches, wetland restoration, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Deep River – Portage Burns Waterway WMP. NIRPC will implement one agricultural BMP and one urban BMP as demonstration projects to educate the public on improving water quality through BMPs. NIRPC will conduct a volunteer monitoring program based on Hoosier Riverwatch methods to identify potential problems and increase public involvement. An education and outreach program will also be conducted including e-newsletters to watershed stakeholders, press releases to the local media, public service announcement to local radio station(s), newspaper articles to the local media, a watershed brochure, watershed signs to increase watershed awareness, workshops to educate stakeholders on BMPs that reduce pollutant loading from urban and/or agricultural areas, field days to promote agricultural conservation practices, and Fall Festivals to raise awareness about the project and share project accomplishments to date.

Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River Implementation (EDS# 4-163)

The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as riparian buffer, cover crops, nutrient management, livestock exclusion, conservation tillage, rain gardens, green roofs, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River Watershed Management Plan. WREC will monitor one site in each of the paired watersheds (Little Wea Creek, Elliot Ditch, and Little Pine Creek) in years two and three of the grant term. WREC will submit a report on the paired monitoring and trend monitoring conducted from 2008 to 2014. WREC will also conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation during years two and three of the grant term, including conducting committee meetings; conducting Hoosier Riverwatch monitoring; conducting the Spring and Fall Wabash Sampling Blitz; submitting press releases to the local media; hosting a booth at the Wabash Riverfest and other events; maintaining the program’s website as part of www.wabashriver.net; and hosting demonstration workshops and field days to highlight urban and agricultural BMPs.

Lower Patoka Implementation (EDS# 4-159)

The Gibson County SWCD will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as cover crops, filter strips, conservation tillage, livestock exclusion, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Lower Patoka River Watershed Management Plan. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation including a public informational meeting at the beginning of the project; steering committee meetings; articles to the local media; information in the SWCD newsletter; workshops on proper septic system installation and maintenance and livestock and stream management planning; and field days, festivals, meetings, or bus trips each year promoting BMPs, water quality issues, and grant progress.

Lost River Watershed Implementation (EDS# 4-162)

The Orange County SWCD will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as waste management, nutrient management, cover crops, conservation tillage, riparian buffers, forest management practices, urban filtration practices, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Lost River Watershed Management Plan. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation including public steering committee meetings; field days or workshops focusing on BMPs; news releases to the local media; articles to local SWCDs for inclusion in their newsletters; fact sheets, brochures, or flyers that address water quality BMPs and non-point source pollution; presentations for local students and parents on the subjects of watersheds, water quality, and BMPs; and volunteer monitoring using Hoosier Riverwatch methods monthly from April to October in the watershed for the duration of the project.

Headwaters Yellow River Watershed Management Plan (EDS# A305-5-9)

The Marshall County SWCD will produce a WMP for the headwaters of the Yellow River watershed, HUC 0712000103. The WMP will incorporate the Heston/Stock Ditch WMP (draft 2012) and the Lake of the Woods WMP (2005), as appropriate. The WMP will be designed to achieve the reduction in pollutant loads called for in the nonpoint source Kankakee/Iroquois River Watershed E. coli TMDL (2009). The SWCD will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the WMP and will meet no less than quarterly. The SWCD will conduct a monitoring program to establish baseline water quality, help identify sources of impairment, and help determine priority areas for implementation. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program including the following: articles to partner and SWCD newsletters, press releases to the local media, educational PowerPoint presentations, field days to promote BMPs and showcase the demonstration projects, and demonstration of a conservation cropping system for the purpose of soil health and water quality.

FFY 2012 Funds

Whitewater River WMP (EDS# 3-119)

The Dearborn County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan for the Whitewater River watershed, HUC 0508000308. The District will conduct a monitoring program to obtain baseline data for the watershed to assist with the development of the WMP and to help identify critical areas. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program that includes public meetings to inform the public about the project and its progress, news releases to local newspapers, field days or workshops to educate watershed residents about nonpoint source pollution and/or BMPs, a storm drain marking program, stream clean-up events to encourage public involvement and awareness to improve water quality, signs identifying the watershed tributaries and/or boundaries throughout the watershed and youth presentations to educate students about the importance of preventing nonpoint source pollution and the benefits of improving water quality in their watershed.

South Fork Wildcat Creek Stewardship Initiative (EDS# 3-18)

The Clinton County SWCD will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as filter strips, nutrient management, conservation tillage, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the South Fork Wildcat Watershed Management Plan. The District will implement at least one agricultural and one urban BMP as a demonstration project to educate the public on improving water quality through BMPs. This District will also conduct outreach/education activities including steering committee meetings, direct mailings that promote current BMP information and upcoming events to watershed stakeholders, workshops and field days to promote urban and agricultural BMPs, public stakeholder meetings to discuss water quality issues and possible strategies for improvement, press releases to the local media on current BMP information and upcoming project events, Hoosier Riverwatch stream monitoring trainings for local community members and stakeholders, and stream cleanups to help improve aquatic habitat, create awareness, and encourage public involvement in the project.

Middle Patoka River Implementation (EDS# 3-31)

The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Foundation will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as conservation tillage, exclusion fencing, hay/pasture land improvement, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Middle Patoka River Watershed Source Water Protection Watershed Management Plan. The Alliance will conduct a volunteer chemical, macroinvertebrate, and habitat monitoring program in critical areas in the watershed as documented in the WMP to show general trends in water quality, educate the public on water quality, and offer a way for them to get involved in the watershed. The Alliance will also conduct an education and outreach program including public steering committee meetings to guide the development of the cost-share program and education activities, workshops to promote agricultural and urban BMPs and septic system maintenance, a stream cleanup event, brochures to promote the project and cost share program, and a website page to update stakeholders on the project.

Middle Eel Watershed Initiative (EDS# 3-4)

Manchester University will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation tillage, pasture/hay planting, heavy use area protection, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Middle Eel River Watershed Management Plan. The University will conduct a monitoring program to assess long term water quality trends and determine success of BMP implementation. They will also conduct an education and outreach program including a brochure discussing the cost-share program, annual public meetings that provide project updates to stakeholders and other interested individuals, newsletters, press releases to news media, steering committee meetings to review progress on implementation, field days focusing on BMPs, an annual canoe float on the Eel River that includes educational activities focusing on in-stream organisms, water monitoring, land use and BMPs, annual river clean-ups on the Eel River, and an updated Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative website.

Trail Creek Cost-Share Program (EDS# 3-47)

The LaPorte County SWCD will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as conservation tillage, cover crops, bioswales, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Trail Creek Watershed Management Plan. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program that includes steering committee meetings to help guide the project activities, SWCD newsletters with watershed implementation activities, press releases to the local media, updating the LaPorte County SWCD website to include materials associated with the Trail Creek cost-share program and other events, public meetings to provide updates on the plan’s implementation progress, school programs that incorporate watershed based curriculum in the classroom and through outdoor hands-on learning, stream cleanups, field days to promote urban and agricultural BMPs, Hoosier Riverwatch stream monitoring trainings for local community members and stakeholders, and signs along the Trail Creek Riparian Corridor to educate stakeholders on how buffered area protects and restores natural connectivity and reduces the input of warm water, sediment and other pollutants into Trail Creek.

Turtle Creek-Turman Creek-Kelly Bayou WMP (EDS# 3-77)

The Sullivan County SWCD will produce a WMP for the Turtle Creek, Turman Creek, and Kelly Bayou watersheds, HUCs 0512011112, 0512011113, and 0512011116. After the WMP is complete, the SWCD will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as conservation tillage, precision agriculture, cover crops, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Turtle Creek, Turman Creek, and Kelly Bayou WMP. The SWCD will implement an appropriate BMP from the WMP to address pollutants in a critical area as a demonstration project to educate the public on improving water quality through BMPs. A chemical, macroinvertebrate, and habitat monitoring program will be conducted to establish a baseline pollutant load and to show general trends in water quality. The SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program that includes public meetings, updating the West Central Indiana Watershed Alliance (WCIWA) page, WCIWA quarterly newsletters, regional water quality related workshops, and releases to local newspapers, radio stations, and/or TV stations about the project.

Pigeon Creek WMP Revision and Implementation (EDS# 3-8)

The Steuben County SWCD will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as rain gardens, bio-swales, riparian buffers, pasture/hayland improvement, livestock exclusion, rain barrels, cover crops, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Pigeon Creek Watershed Management Plan, HUC 0405000110. At the same time the District will update the Pigeon Creek WMP and add subwatersheds not included in the original WMP: the headwaters of Turkey Creek (040500011004), Big Turkey Lake-Turkey Creek (040500011005) and Little Turkey Lake-Turkey Creek (040500011008). Once the updated WMP is complete, the District will promote the updated cost-share program to implement BMPs that address the water quality concerns outlined in the updated Pigeon Creek Watershed Management Plan. The District will conduct a monitoring program to establish a baseline of water quality and help determine critical areas for continued BMP implementation. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program including quarterly steering committee meetings, public meetings, quarterly newsletters, news releases to local media, educational sessions promoting the project, septic education, and water quality, and three field days promoting BMPs.

Lower Salamonie River WMP and Implementation (EDS# 3-9)

The Huntington County SWCD will produce a WMP for the Lower Salamonie River, HUCs 0512010203 and 0512010204. After the WMP is complete the District will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Lower Salamonie River Watershed Management Plan. The District will conduct a monitoring program to identify chemical, biological, and physical conditions and possible areas of concern for purposes of critical area identification and WMP development, as well as future WMP implementation success and water quality trends. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program that includes steering committee meetings, a field day for stakeholders focusing on agricultural BMP implementation, a workshop focusing on rural/residential septic operation and maintenance, updates to local news outlets to promote the project, newsletters to landowners in the watershed providing planning/implementation updates, and brochures.