June Conservation Update

May 10th was a wonderful day of celebration in Indiana for conservation.  The Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) met in Hendricks County for an employee appreciation day where over 340 members of the ICP met, including Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Indiana State Department of Ag.  The following day Susi helped Miami County 5th graders learn about wild flowers during their visit to the Lost Sister Trail, just one example of how well the ICP works locally.

We have been working closely with IDEM to complete current Rule 5 requests.  Any construction that takes place outside of city limits and disturbs more than 1 acre of land must submit a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan to us as the local Soil and Water Conservation District prior to any construction.  We then work with Rob Beck to review the plan in hopes that during construction our waters remain safe.

We are now taking applications for two landowner cost-share opportunities for cover crop seed.  We have funds secured in the Wabash River Watershed through a current Clean Water Indiana Grant that we administer with Miami County SWCD and we have once again submitted a Lake and River Enhancement Grant through the IDNR for the Middle Eel River Watershed. Though we do not know if we have received it yet, we are taking applications so we know who is interested if it is awarded to us.

The cost-share program through IDEM’s 319 Grant that Manchester University holds for the Beargrass Creek Watershed has been approved and we can begin taking applications for those funds and working with farmers to implement their projects.

As always, contact us with any questions about our work.

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