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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 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.

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) webpage, 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.

FFY 2011 Funds

Little Calumet River East Branch WMP (EDS# A305-2-11)

Save the Dunes Conservation Fund will develop a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Little Calumet River East Branch watershed, Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 0404000104, conduct water quality monitoring to establish baseline data and identify potential contributing areas, and participate in education and outreach efforts for this watershed.

Indiana Clean Lakes Program (EDS# A305-2-25)

Indiana University will conduct an assessment of 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 web site.

Plummer Creek WMP (EDS# A305-2-13)

The Greene County SWCD will produce a WMP for the Plummer Creek watershed, HUC 0512020203, conduct a monitoring program to develop a baseline and assist with the development of the watershed management plan, and conduct an education and outreach program for stakeholders designed to bring about behavioral changes that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed including field days, workshops, newsletters, press releases, and public meetings.

Partners & Projects Protecting the White River Implementation Project (EDS# A305-2-15)

The Upper White River Watershed Alliance will develop, promote, and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as cover crops, riparian buffers, rain barrels, rain gardens, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Lower Fall Creek, Cool Creek, Stony Creek, Morse Reservoir/Cicero Creek, and Geist Reservoir/Upper Fall Creek watershed management plans. The Alliance will also conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed including giving presentations, distributing a cost-share program brochure, and assisting the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the implementation of the FLOW project to enhance public education and awareness of the Upper White River watershed.

Upper St. Joseph River Watershed Project (EDS# A305-2-16)

The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative will produce a WMP for the Upper St. Joseph watershed, HUCs 0410000301, 0410000302, 0410000303 and 0410000304. The Initiative will conduct a water quality monitoring program to help determine critical areas and nonpoint pollution sources. When the WMP is complete, the Initiative will develop and promote a cost-share program to implement BMPs such as cover crop, conservation tillage, manure management, nutrient and pest management, rain gardens, bioretention, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Upper St. Joseph WMP. The Initiative 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 including disseminating a cost-share pamphlet to landowners, conducting workshops and field days, distributing SWCD newsletters, and maintaining a webpage on the SJRWI website to keep the public up to date on the project and its activities.

Upper Maumee WMP and Implementation (EDS# A305-2-21)

The Allen County SWCD will produce a WMP for the entire Upper Maumee watershed, HUC 04100005. The District will conduct a monitoring program to help with the development of the WMP. Once the WMP is complete, the District will develop, promote and implement a cost-share program to landowners within the Indiana portion of the watershed to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as conservation tillage, two-stage ditches, cover crops, rain barrels, rain gardens, pervious pavement, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Upper Maumee WMP. 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 including conducting workshops and field days, submitting press releases to the media, developing newsletter articles, and maintaining an Upper Maumee River Watershed Project webpage housed on the Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership’s website.

Deer Creek-Sugar Creek WMP & Implementation (EDS# A305-2-22)

The Carroll County SWCD will develop a WMP for the Deer Creek – Sugar Creek watershed, HUCs 0512010504, 0512010505, and 0512010506. The District will conduct a monitoring program to establish a baseline of water quality for the development of the WMP. Once the WMP is complete, the District will develop, promote, and implement a cost-share program to implement BMPs such as cover crops, riparian buffers, livestock exclusion, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Deer Creek – Sugar Creek WMP. An education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed will be implemented including public meetings, field days, workshops, and press releases about the project to the media.

Two-Stage Ditch Implementation (EDS# A305-2-8)

The Nature Conservancy will promote the two-stage ditch as a best management practice to improve water quality and instream habitat, and construct at least eight segments of two-stage ditch throughout the state to increase accessibility to the practice. TNC will conduct an education and outreach program to encourage two-stage ditch implementation, including implementing two-stage ditches in areas of the state where the practice would be most applicable, conducting workshops and field days at two-stage ditches, submitting press releases to the media highlighting the two-stage ditch construction projects and field days, and updating the website regularly with information on two-stage ditches and locations where sites have been constructed.

Indian Creek Watershed Project (EDS# A305-3-60)

Historic Hoosier Hills (HHH) will develop and implement a cost-share program for BMPs such as fencing, alternative watering systems, heavy use area protection, forage and biomass planting and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Indian Creek Watershed Management Plan. The Grantee will conduct an education and outreach program including field days or workshops focusing on BMPs; seminars focusing on the correct installation and maintenance of septic systems; articles to local media and SWCD newsletters; Steering Committee meetings; stream or watershed clean-ups to improve aquatic habitat, increase awareness, and encourage public participation in the watershed project; and posting information about the project and watershed events on the Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D website. The Grantee will also conduct a chemical, physical, and biological monitoring program for educational purposes and to continue addition of water quality data to the Indian Creek Watershed Project database.

FFY 2010 Funds

Capacity Building and Public Support for Watershed Groups and SWCDs (EDS# A305-10-64)

The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) will develop needs assessment tools and distribute them to watershed groups and all 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). The tools will be used to determine the need for training and support in areas that will help build capacity for the group. The IASWCD will evaluate the responses received and develop and conduct no less than two training workshops each year based on the needs identified. They will also conduct an outreach and education program to increase public awareness and support of nonpoint pollution reduction projects and clean water initiatives including: publishing the IASWCD Weekly Update e-newsletter, submitting releases to the media regarding watershed and water quality issues, promoting recognition programs to SWCDs and watershed groups, and acknowledging successful watershed practices through means such as the Annual River Friendly Farmer and District Showcase awards. In addition, the IASWCD will assist IDEM with conducting no less than two Watershed Network Sessions each year.

Watershed Leadership Academy (EDS# A305-10-66)

Purdue University will once again recruit watershed leaders from diverse backgrounds and conduct the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy (IWLA) course at least two times during the term of the grant agreement. Purdue will award graduates of the Academy with a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Purdue University. Each Academy course will combine two face-to-face training sessions with distance education. Purdue will update lesson topics to meet watershed leader needs; develop, prepare, and distribute materials; integrate interactive multi-media teaching tools and examples into modules for enhancing the learning process; manage an interactive web site; hold at least six yearly interactive online meetings to enhance community and discuss learning; review assignments; and provide personal feedback. In addition, Purdue will develop a minimum of twenty-four one hour webinars on topics of relevance to watershed managers. Purdue will tape the best aspects of the live webinars and provide them as on-demand web-based video learning for the public. Purdue received additional funding to continue the WLA through 2014.

Two-Stage Ditch Outreach and Technology Transfer (EDS# A305-10-84)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will conduct an education and outreach program to promote two-stage ditches as a best management practice (BMP) for nonpoint source pollution reduction. Target audiences will include county surveyors, landowners, and groups active in watershed management. The program will include: meeting with county surveyors in the target area to discuss two-stage ditch technology, working to secure letters of support from at least twelve counties including potential locations for installation of a two-stage ditch, hosting workshops located strategically across Indiana to help the target audiences understand how two-stage ditches are constructed and how they perform, and meeting with five community groups working on watershed management. A media relations program will be conducted utilizing a wide variety of tools for engaging the public and target audiences and providing information on two-stage ditch technology including: a webpage focused on the two-stage ditch; PowerPoint presentations that provide an overview of two-stage ditch technology and are targeted to county surveyors, community organizations, and landowners; and press releases or articles to educate farmers, landowners, community members and local officials.

Middle St. Joseph River WMP Development and Implementation (EDS# A305-10-65)

The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative (Initiative) will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Middle St. Joseph River watershed, Hydrologic Unit Code 0410000305. A steering committee of local stakeholders will be formed and will meet quarterly to guide the development of the WMP. Once the WMP is complete, the Initiative will conduct a cost-share program to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, conservation tillage, nutrient and pest management, livestock exclusion fencing and alternative watering systems, rain gardens, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Middle St. Joseph River WMP. A chemical and biological water quality monitoring program will be conducted to help with the development of the WMP. 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. The program will include: field days; winter meetings; public meetings; an educational display/exhibit that describes the watershed and the watershed planning process; a brochure and fact sheets on topics such as watershed planning and water quality pollutants; information to local SWCD newsletters, extension service newsletters or local/regional newspapers about the project; and a water quality social indicators awareness survey to stakeholders in the watershed, with the results used to help plan, implement and evaluate NPS projects.

Silver Creek Watershed Improvement Project (EDS# A305-10-80)

The Clark County SWCD is implementing the Silver Creek Watershed Management Plan (WMP) by conducting a cost-share program to implement best management practices (BMPs) in the watershed such as livestock exclusion fencing, cover crops, vegetative buffers, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Silver Creek WMP. The District will install livestock exclusion fencing, an alternative watering system, and a rain garden as demonstration projects to educate the public on improving water quality through BMPs. The District will also conduct a monitoring program for trend analysis. An education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation in the watershed will be conducted including Steering Committee meetings, a brochure on proper septic system maintenance, news releases to the local media, newsletters to watershed stakeholders addressing nonpoint source pollution and its impact on water quality, a fertilizer and pesticide brochure, a nonpoint source website, and field days or workshops to promote the BMPs at the demonstration sites.

Hogan Creek Watershed Project (EDS# A305-10-85)

The Dearborn County SWCD will implement the Hogan Creek Watershed Management Plan (WMP) by conducting a cost-share program to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, pasture/hayland improvement, livestock exclusion, alternative watering systems, buffers, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Hogan Creek WMP. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation in the watershed including field days or workshops; flyers, pamphlets, newsletters, press releases and fact sheets which promote cost share programs; field days and watershed events; classroom presentations to educate primary school students about the importance of preventing nonpoint source pollution and the benefits of improving water quality in the watershed; a teacher’s workshop; and a septic system management workshop to educate homeowners on the importance of septic system care.

Pigeon River WMP Development and Implementation (EDS# A305-10-86)

The LaGrange County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Pigeon River watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC) 040500011008, 040500011009, 040500011010, 040500011101, 040500011102, 040500011103, 040500011104, 040500011105, 040500011106, and 040500011107. A steering committee of local stakeholders will be formed and will meet quarterly to guide the development of the WMP. Once the WMP is complete, a cost-share program will be conducted to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as manure management plans, comprehensive nutrient management plans, and other practices that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Pigeon River WMP. The District will conduct a monitoring program to establish a baseline of water quality and help isolate problematic locations for BMP installation. 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: a field day and a workshop to educate the public on water quality testing and land use problems and solutions; a brochure educating stakeholders about the watershed and WMP development and implementation; a brochure educating stakeholders about water quality issues and the cost-share program, annual media releases; and meeting with Amish Bishops on a quarterly basis to provide progress on WMP development and BMP implementation.

Mill Creek – Blue River Watershed Project (EDS# A305-10-87)

The White River RC&D will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Mill Creek – Blue River watershed, Hydrologic Unit Code 0514010407. The RC&D will form a steering committee of local stakeholders that will meet quarterly to guide the development of the WMP. The RC&D will also conduct a monitoring program to gather reliable baseline data to understand and prioritize watershed problems. An education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed will be conducted including: a brochure or flyer, media release, and watershed newsletter quarterly to increase public understanding and support for a WMP; stakeholder meetings; field days; presentations to local officials to solicit input in the planning process and to address the current state of the project and its future plans; a storm drain marking event and stream clean-up day each year; volunteer water quality monitoring each month for two years using Hoosier Riverwatch methods; classroom presentations each year to educate primary school students about the importance of preventing nonpoint source pollution and the benefits of improving water quality in their watershed.

Busseron Creek Watershed Implementation (EDS# A305-1-2)

The Sullivan County SWCD will implement the Busseron Creek Watershed Management Plan (WMP) by conducting a cost-share program to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as conservation tillage, pasture and hay planting, livestock exclusion, buffers and filter strips, irrigation management, rain gardens, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Busseron Creek WMP. The District will install a demonstration project to educate the public on improving water quality through BMPs. The District will also conduct a monitoring program to detect changes in water quality as well as to further refine critical areas to effectively implement BMPs, and to identify trends in pollutant loads. An education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation will be conducted including: updating the current Busseron Creek Watershed website; conducting Technical and Planning Committee meetings at least quarterly; distributing an electronic newsletter about the watershed and nonpoint source pollution at least quarterly; submitting media releases to inform stakeholders about meetings and updates; conducting a septic workshop; conducting a workshop on rain gardens, lakeside landscaping, or other urban BMP; and hosting a field day to showcase the demonstration project.