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.
Big Blue River Watershed (ARN# 7-211)
The Shelby County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Big Blue River Watershed, Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 0512020408. 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 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.
Lower Patoka WMP Rewrite (Contract#19207)
The Gibson County SWCD will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Lower Patoka River Watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC) 0512020907 and 0512020908. The SWCD will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the WMP. The SWCD conduct all monitoring activities and submit all data in accordance with the approved QAPP. The monitoring will include a volunteer chemical, macroinvertebrate, and habitat monitoring program with samples analyzed using Hoosier Riverwatch techniques for dissolved oxygen, pH, BOD5, nitrates/nitrites, temperature and turbidity. Habitat shall be assessed once at each site and macroinvertebrate monitoring as well. Samples will be submitted to a lab to be analyzed for phosphate, E. coli, and nitrate/nitrites. Gibson County SWCD will submit conduct an education and outreach program that includes newsletters, an educational brochure, press releases to local media, conduct a septic system workshop, two clean-up events, and hold a Hoosier Riverwatch training to attract volunteer monitors and include and educate the public about water quality.
Kankakee Continuous Water Quality Monitoring (EDS# 5-240)
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.
Upper Middle Eel River WMP (EDS# 6-3)
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.