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Summary of Current 205(j) Grant Projects

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.

FFY 2019

Continued Operation of Two Continuous Monitors on the Ohio River (Contract #XXXXXX)

The Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) will continue to operate two previously installed continuous monitors along the Indiana portion of the Ohio River. The two monitors will record temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), turbidity, chlorophyll a, and phycocyanin. In addition, grab samples will be collected and analyzed twice per month at both locations (total 48 samples). Analysis will include nitrate-nitrite, Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Soluble Reactive Phosphorus (SRP), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC), chlorophyll a, algal taxonomy, and algal toxins. The Grantee shall calibrate each continuous monitor twice per month (total 48 calibrations). ORSANCO also maintains a website to receive continuous monitoring data. The data will also analyzed and reported on for causes of algal blooms.

Flatrock-Auglaize River WMP (Contract #XXXXXX)

Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District will produce a watershed management plan (WMP) for the Flatrock Creek Watershed, Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 0410000712. The watershed plan will include all elements listed in the State’s Watershed Management Plan Checklist (updated 2009). They will develop a steering committee of local stakeholders to guide the development of the watershed management plan. Allen County will conduct an education and outreach program designed to bring about behavioral changes that will lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution in the watershed. Allen County’s outreach program will include development and distribution of newsletters, and fact sheets. They will hold annual community events along with public meetings.

Monitoring Gage on the Kankakee River at Shelby, Indiana (Contract #XXXXXX)

The United States Geological Survey will continue to operate and maintain the continuous water quality monitoring gage (number 05518000) on the Kankakee River at Shelby, IN for twenty-four (24) months. The USGS will collect real-time, continuous water quality data for turbidity, nitrate concentrations, phosphate concentrations, water temperatures, pH, dissolved oxygen, and specific conductance. The sensors will be routinely maintained and calibrated to develop final, quality-assured data that will be available in an online USGS data base. Periodically, during a range of flow conditions, stream-width and depth-integrated measurements of water-quality parameters will be made and water-quality samples will be collected. The water samples will receive laboratory analysis for suspended sediment and nutrients (nitrate, organic and particulate nitrogen, ammonia, total phosphorus, orthophosphate). The water-quality measurements and laboratory data will be used to quality assure the sensor data. Mathematical models will be verified such that sensor data can be used as mathematical surrogates to represent continuous suspended sediment, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus concentrations. Instantaneous and daily loads will be computed for suspended sediment, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus.

FFY 2018

Installation and Operation of Two Continuous Monitors on the Ohio River (Contract# 30926)

The Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) shall purchase and install to two continuous monitors along the Indiana portion of the Ohio River. The two monitors will record temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), turbidity, chlorophyll a, and phycocyanin. In addition, grab samples will be collected and analyzed twice per month at both locations (total 48 samples). Analysis will include nitrate-nitrite, Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Soluble Reactive Phosphorus (SRP), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC), chlorophyll a, algal taxonomy, and algal toxins. The Grantee shall calibrate each continuous monitor twice per month (total 48 calibrations). The Grantee shall maintain the website to receive continuous monitoring data. The Grantee shall analyze and report on collected data for causes of algal blooms.

Lower Kankakee River Watershed Management Plan (Contract# 31203)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) shall continue operation of the continuous water quality monitoring gage on the Kankakee River at Shelby, Indiana to characterize suspended sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorous concentration and loads in the Kankakee River watershed in Indiana. The USGS shall operate and maintain the continuous water quality monitoring gage (number 0551800) on the Kankakee River at Shelby, IN for twelve (36) months. The grantee shall collect real-time, continuous water quality data for turbidity, nitrate concentrations, phosphate concentrations, water temperatures, pH, dissolved oxygen, and specific conductance. The Grantee shall visit the site of the water quality monitoring gage no less than twenty (20) times annually to clean and check calibration of water quality sensors.

FFY 2017

Upper Wabash River Phase 3 Watershed Management Plan (Contract# 25874)

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will produce a Watershed Management plan (WMP) for the Upper Wabash River Watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC) 0512010110, 0512010111, 0512010112 and 0512010113. The SWCD will conduct public and steering meetings. Huntington County SWCD will conduct a desktop and windshield survey in order to evaluate the critical area and target nonpoint source pollution reductions. The SWCD will conduct a monitoring program and all 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. Huntington County SWCD will submit conduct an education and outreach program that includes newsletters, press releases to local media, conduct workshops, river clean-up events, and display a booth at community events.

Big Walnut Watershed Management Plan Rewrite (Contract# 25604)

The Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will produce a Watershed Management plan (WMP) for the Upper Wabash River Watershed, Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC) 0512020304, 0512020303, 05120020301 and 0512020302. The SWCD will conduct public and steering meetings. Putnam County SWCD will conduct a desktop and windshield survey in order to evaluate the critical area and target nonpoint source pollution reductions. The SWCD will conduct a monitoring program and all 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. Putnam County SWCD will submit conduct an education and outreach program that includes conducting public meetings, public surveys, newsletters, articles, website or social media posts and conduct workshops.

FFY 2016

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.

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