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NRCS Improves Impaired Watersheds in Indiana

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

6013 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46278
www.in.nrcs.usda.gov

Indianapolis, IN, April 30, 2013 — Acting State Conservationist Roger Kult announced today an additional sign up period, ending June 21, 2013 for water quality practices in selected Indiana watersheds.

Kult says $941,512 is available for assistance this year to help farmers, and forestland owners install conservation practices that manage nutrients, pathogens and sediments. Funding comes through the agency’s National Water Quality Initiative.

Eligible producers will receive assistance for installing conservation systems that may include practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces, and in some cases, edge-of-field water quality monitoring.

“These are voluntary efforts focused in small watersheds where the implementation of conservation systems can yield results for locally important waters,” said Kult.

NRCS worked closely with their partners and technical experts to select the priority watersheds for this round of funding. State agencies, key partners and technical experts chose three watersheds, where on-farm conservation investments have the best chance to improve water quality. All three watersheds are included on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s 303(d) impaired water body list due to pollution from excess nutrients and all three watersheds include significant acres of land that have been classified by NRCS as highly erodible.

The Silver Creek watershed is located within the larger Eel watershed and lies within portions of Fulton, Kosciusko, Miami, and Wabash counties in northeastern Indiana. The Ell Creek watershed is located within the larger Patoka watershed and lies solely within Dubois County in southwestern Indiana. The Eagle Creek watershed is located within the larger Upper White River watershed and lies within portions of Boone, Hendricks and Marion counties in central Indiana.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. All applications for funding consideration, during this fiscal year, must be received by June21. Remember to check with your local NRCS office www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/directory/field_offices.html to see if you are located in a selected watershed. For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Indiana, visit us online at www.in.usda.gov.

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Contacts:

Roger Kult, Acting State Conservationist, 317.295.5801 (roger.kult@in.usda.gov)
Jerry Roach, Assistant State Conservationist, 317.295.5820 (jerry.roach@in.usda.gov)
Rebecca Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, 317.295.5825 (rebecca.fletcher@in.usda.gov)

 

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