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 2016

St. Mary’s Initiative (Contract# 19146)

Purdue University will implement a paired watershed monitoring project within the Weber Ditch (041000040502) and Nicklesen Creek (041000040503) subwatersheds of the St. Marys River (04100004) watershed. Purdue will develop and implement a watershed-wide coordination program, a targeted education and outreach program, targeted social indicator surveys, paired watershed monitoring and modeling, and soil health monitoring. Purdue will work with project partners to identify and contact all local, regional, state, and national conservation-based entities working to educate producers and landowners, improve water quality, and/or implement conservation practices within the St. Marys River Watershed. Purdue will also coordinate public meetings, press releases, website for the project, quarterly e-newsletter, conservation practice field day, conservation practice tour and a conservation practice demonstration workshop.

Upper Salamonie River WMP Implementation (Contract# 18273)

Jay County Commissioners will implement the Upper Salamonie River Watershed Management Plan (WMP). They will develop and promote a cost-share program for the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) by contacting landowners in the area that would benefit from the use of conservation practices. Jay County Commissioners will develop a Quality Assurance Plan for the monitoring activities and conduct a volunteer monitoring program using the Hoosier Riverwatch methods. Jay County Commissioners will also implement an education and outreach program designed to bring behavioral changes and encourage BMP implementation. This will include three field days focused on conservation practices, press releases, Facebook page, and a public education booth and complete a water quality monitoring program.

Big Pine Creek Watershed Implementation (Contract# 19223)

Benton County SWCD will develop and promote a cost-share program to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, conservation tillage, nutrient management and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Big Pine Creek Watershed Management Plan (WMP). Benton County SWCD will conduct a monitoring program for educational purposes and to monitor water quality trends in the Big Pine Creek watershed. They will sample chemical parameters at sites throughout the watershed capturing at least one storm event and one base flow per year. Monitoring parameters will include total suspended solids, nitrate-nitrogen, total phosphorus, E. coli, stream flow, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water temperature. They will also conduct stream macroinvertebrate and fish sampling and analyze the collected community using the State’s Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) and macroinvertebrate Index of Biotic Integrity (mIBI). Benton County SWCD will conduct a habitat assessment during the biological sampling activities using the State’s Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI). Benton County SWCD will also conduct an education and outreach program that will include holding steering meetings, quarterly mailings, press releases, update website and hold workshops and field days.

Whitewater River WMP Implementation (ARN# 6-240)

Dearborn County SWCD will develop and promote a cost-share program to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, no-till, nutrient management, pasture/hayland improvements, livestock exclusion, and others that address the water quality concerns in the Whitewater River WMP. The SWCD will conduct an education and outreach program that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed. They will conduct field days or workshops, clean-ups, and develop and distribute flyers, pamphlets, newsletters, news releases or fact sheets. The SWCD will develop and provide “Friends of the Whitewater River” signs to all cost-share program participants willing to display the signs for public outreach and awareness of the cost-share program.

Lost River Watershed Implementation (ARN# 6-242)

Orange County SWCD will implement the Lost River Watershed Management Plan (WMP). They will develop and promote a cost-share program to implement best management practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, forage and biomass plantings, nutrient management, residue management, water and sediment control basins, filter strips, riparian buffers, rain gardens and others that address water quality concerns. The SWCD will conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed. They will conduct field days or workshops, clean-ups, and meetings of the previously formed Implementation Board. The SWCD will develop and distribute brochures, factsheets, and flyers and will produce articles and press releases. The SWCD will conduct presentations at SWCD Annual Meetings and at events such as Farm Fair (Martin County), Barnyard Carnival (Orange County) or Earth Day/Arbor Day (Washington County).

Great Bend of Wabash River Implementation (ARN# 6-246)

Wabash River Enhancement Corp. (WREC) will develop and implement a cost-share program to promote the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, denitrifying bioreactors, stormwater runoff control, and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Region of the Great Bend Wabash River Watershed Management Plan (WMP). WREC will provide technical assistance to landowners to facilitate BMP implementation through the coordinator’s activities such as conducting urban landowner and farm site visits, assisting with conservation planning and BMP selection, and inspecting installed BMPs to ensure that they meet design specifications. They will also promote other conservation programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Classified Forest Program, and the Clean Water Indiana Program. WREC will conduct a monitoring program for educational purposes and to monitor water quality trends in the Region of the Great Bend River Wabash watershed. They will sample chemical parameters at stream sites throughout the watershed hosting at least one spring and one fall Wabash Sampling Blitz per year. WREC will conduct an education and outreach program. They will hold education and outreach, steering and agricultural and urban committee meetings. Submit press releases, update Facebook and newsletters. They will also assist with planning the Wabash Riverfest, host field days and hold two Green Practices Tours.

Mill Creek-Blue River WMP Implementation (ARN# 6-247)

Washington County SWCD will implement the Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Management Plan (WMP). They will develop and promote a cost-share program to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, no-till, nutrient management, forage and biomass planting, critical area planting, livestock exclusion, alternative watering systems, heavy use area protection, roof runoff management, field borders, riparian buffers, rain gardens, porous pavement and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the WMP. The SWCD will conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed. They will conduct field days, workshops, and clean-up events. They will develop flyers or brochures, news releases or fact sheets and will promote watershed activities at public meetings and events. The SWCD will continue the existing volunteer monitoring program to educate and collect trend data using Hoosier Riverwatch methods and will host a Hoosier Riverwatch training for new volunteers.

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.

TTK Implementation (EDS# 6-224)

The Sullivan 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 Turtle Creek, Turman Creek, Kelley Bayou (TTK) WMP. The District will conduct quarterly monitoring at 20 sites using Hoosier Riverwatch methods for the purpose of trend monitoring. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program including public meetings, newsletters, news releases, field days or workshops to educate people on the cost-share program and BMPs available, a website (www.watershed-alliance.org), and promotional signs throughout the watershed to raise awareness about the TTK project and to highlight BMPs.

Plummer Creek Implementation (EDS# 6-226)

The Greene County SWCD will develop, promote, and implement a cost-share program to implement BMPs such as cover crops, filter strips, conservation tillage, livestock exclusion and others that address the water quality concerns outlined in the Plummer Creek WMP. The Grantee shall conduct a volunteer monitoring program using Hoosier Riverwatch and professional methods to compare with data from the Plummer Creek WMP for the purpose of trend monitoring. The District will also conduct an education and outreach program including, stakeholder meetings, newsletters, field days, tours or workshops to educate landowners about nonpoint source pollution and BMPs, a webpage, flyers and brochures about the cost share program, BMPs and septic system maintenance, and stream or cleanups.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.