White River, East Fork (Lower Watershed) TMDL

Location

The Lower East Fork White River Watershed covers 207 square miles in Southwest Indiana and is located primarily in Daviess, Pike, Martin, and Dubois counties. The primary bodies of water included in the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report are Mud Creek, Aikman Creek, Bear Creek, Dogwood Lake, Sugar Creek, Birch Creek, Mill Creek, Slate Creek, and Hoffman Run.

History

Surveys of the Lower East Fork White River Watershed were conducted in 1986, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2013 which includes probabilistic, targeted, and fish tissue programs. Impairments in the watershed include E. coli, PCBs, dissolved oxygen (DO), and impaired biotic communities (IBC). Potential pollution sources in the watershed include nonpoint sources from agriculture lands and pastures, rural run-off, as well as point sources from straight pipe discharges, and home sewage treatment system disposal.

Parameters To Be Addressed

IDEM will complete a comprehensive sampling program in the watershed that will be based on the current impairments. Approximately 18 sites will be assessed for general chemistry, nutrients, habitat, fish and macroinvertebrate communities. For a comprehensive list of all parameters, the please reference the approved work plan.

Timeline

A Lower East Fork White River public kickoff meeting will be held to present the project and solicit public input:

  • Date: October 23, 2017
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST
  • Location: St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 556 West Haysville Road, Jasper, IN 47546

Additional meetings will be held as needed. Please check the IDEM calendar for updates.

A draft TMDL meeting will be held in the summer of 2019 once the comprehensive sampling program is complete.

The TMDL Report

  • The TMDL Report is to be completed by autumn 2019.

Watershed Characterization Monitoring 2017-2018

Supplemental Information