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The Mud Creek Headwaters is located in the northwest portion of Tipton County and encompasses the southern portion of the Town of Sharpsville. The Mud Creek Headwaters (Hydrologic Unit Code 05120107010030) drains approximately 10,435 acres, and represents approximately 6% of the total land area of Tipton County (166,660 acres). This watershed is a headwater tributary to Wildcat Creek, which is a contributor to the Wabash River.
The Mud Creek Headwaters watershed was selected for watershed management plan development through a prioritization process. This was developed by a stepwise process driven by local interests to reflect the water quality concerns of local stakeholders. A watershed team was assembled from members of the community and residents of the watershed in the early stages of the project. At the first public meeting to introduce the project, a questionnaire survey of the participants was conducted to evaluate local opinions of water quality and its importance. Answers to the survey questions closely mirrored priority issues developed in the later stages of the planning. Once the team was assembled, the following events occurred in sequential order to develop the Plan. Quarterly watershed team meetings and monthly Steering Committee meetings provided the forum to undertake the process.