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Program accountability is critical to assure the public of the state’s commitment to deal with the NPS pollution problem. The NPS management plan contains actions that will result in consistent and timely evaluation and reporting of the Program’s progress in effectively dealing with NPS pollution. This includes annual, biennial, and five-year reporting cycles and the use of Webbased, interactive information tools.
Each year when the Section 319 Program NPS Annual Report is submitted to U.S. EPA, there is an opportunity to evaluate progress in meeting the goals and responsibilities of the Indiana NPS Management Plan. In previous years, the NPS program report was primarily a discussion of the Section 319 grants program, with general information from partner agencies related to their conservation programs.
Since federal fiscal year (FFY) 2000, the Section 319 Program NPS Annual Report contains an evaluation and discussion of each goal of the Indiana NPS Management Plan and information on goal progress. The 319 NPS Grant Program Report also includes information from partner agencies on watershed restoration projects and project results, in accordance with U.S. EPA Region 5’s goal to capture this information. The location, cost, and effectiveness of practices implemented are reported in as much detail as partner agencies’ information collection procedures allow.
The Annual NPS Grant Program Report is posted on the IDEM Web site. Members of the NPS management plan review committee and partner agencies will be alerted to the opportunity to comment on the state’s NPS progress and identify issues that may need to be addressed in future plans or through amendments to the existing Plan.