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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.
The United States Geological Survey (Survey) will install one continuous water quality monitoring gage at the existing Survey streamflow gage (number 0551800) on the Kankakee River at Shelby, Indiana. The Survey will operate and maintain the water quality monitoring gage for three years and collect real-time, continuous water quality data for turbidity, nitrate concentrations, phosphate concentrations, water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and specific conductance. The Survey will collect, during a range of seasonal hydrologic conditions, approximately 26 water samples and perform laboratory analysis for suspended sediment, dissolved nitrate plus nitrite, dissolved nitrite, dissolved ammonia, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and dissolved orthophosphate. All real-time provisional continuous water quality data and all final data will be available on the Survey’s web page for the water resources of Indiana at http://in.water.usgs.gov. The Survey will determine instantaneous and daily load values for suspended sediment, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus. The Survey will publish a scientific report that presents the methods, models, and data from the Kankakee River at Shelby, IN water quality gage, and make the publication available on the Internet.
The Kosciusko County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Upper Middle Eel River watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) 0512010403 and 0512010404. The District will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the WMP. The District will conduct a monitoring program to assess the water quality of the Upper Middle Eel River watershed and to identify nonpoint source pollution priorities. They will install and maintain three gage stations in the watershed and collect four samples daily during the field season (May through June) and monthly thereafter. The District will also sample four primary tributaries weekly during the field season and monthly thereafter. The District will conduct an education and outreach program that includes newsletters, an educational brochure, press releases to local media, maintaining a website, and conducting river clean-ups to create awareness and encourage public involvement in the project.
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.