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Laporte County AWEP Irrigation Project

 Northwest Indiana Irrigation Systems Get Upgraded

With assistance from NRCS' AWEP program, the Laporte County SWCD was able to assist local landowners in upgrading their current irrigation systems to help reduce runoff, increase efficiency and save money.

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Child at drinking water fountain

Partnership Project Reduces Threats to Clean Drinking Water

NRCS and partners are helping farmers in Indiana improve their irrigation system efficiencies, reduce water application, and reduce the dangers from leeching.

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Drought Relief in Orange County Indiana

During the historic drought of 2012, landowners in Southern Indiana had to endure one of the hottest and driest periods ever recorded in history.  With the crops and pastures withering and the livestock and wildlife showing signs of heat stress, one Orange County Producer saw a potential light at the end of the tunnel.

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Sandy Smith

Volunteer Utilizes College Education to Help Improve Water Quality

Using the skills and experiences gained in college, this Earth Team Volunteer assists a local watershed project in achieving its goal.

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Retirees Help Preserve Indiana's Conservation History

Nine former SCS/NRCS employees spent an afternoon sorting through over 3,000 historical slides and photographs, identifying people, places and events.

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Wasbash River

New Initiative Helps Indiana Wildlife

Partnership agencies and organizations are working with willing landowners to permanently protect 43,000 acres located in the floodplain of the Wabash River and Sugar Creek in west-central Indiana and another 26,000 acres of the Muscatatuck River bottomlands in southeast Indiana.

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Wabash River corridor planted in warm season grasses Wabash River Corridor Gets a Facelift

Thanks to a partnership effort, the land along the Wabash River is experiencing a facelift, a change for the better.

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students monitor biology in Middle Eel watershed

MRBI Project Propels Students into Action

The Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) project in the Middle Eel watershed is providing funds for college students to evaluate nutrient loading while learning about biological  systems in the watershed.

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Cover Crops in Indiana
Three County Partnership Reduces Runoff and Improves Wildlife Habitat

The goal of the project is to avoid and reduce nutrient runoff to improve water quality while maintaining agriculture productivity.  To address nutrient loss, low levels of nutrient management, and nutrient loading the Alliance is implementing practices that reduce nutrients from leaving the fields.

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Wildcat Creek

Initiative Reduces Sediment/Nutrient Load in Mississippi River Basin

This project is designed to help producers implement practices that will avoid, control, and trap nutrients and sediment before entering surface water and improve wildlife habitat while  maintaining agricultural productivity.

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Pokagon WRP site in Indiana

Pokagon Tribe Uses WRP to Restore Cultural Land Use

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians utilized NRCS' Wetlands Reserve Program in reconnecting to its ancestral cultural uses and activities by establishing 1,147 acres of historic  marsh land.

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Flood Relief for Southwest Indiana Landowners

Abandoning farming operations in the floodplain and entering lands into NRCS’ Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) is paying dividends for local landowners living within the confines of the Wabash River Watershed. 

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Bull Run/West Creek Watershed Project

With the assistance of an Indiana Department of Environmental Management 319 grant and technical and financial support from NRCS, Lake County SWCD is able to help reduce nutrient loading in the Bull Run/West Creek watershed.

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Wildcat Creek Watershed Project

The Clinton County SWCD received an Indiana Department of Environmental Management 319 grant to address current water quality problems in the Wildcat Creek Watershed.  NRCS is assisting this project by providing technical assistance to the District and this watershed project.

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Ripley County Warm Season Grass Planting
Wildlife Habitat Brings in Birdwatchers

Because wildlife has always been something Robert and his wife Ellen have been passionate about, the decision of transforming their 394 acre farm back into wildlife habitat was an easy one. area.

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Profiles in Soil Health - Anson Family Farm
Attitudes Change with Healthy Soils

When asked what the most satisfying result of working towards healthy soil is, the Anson family isn’t quick to respond about lower operating costs and increasing their bottom line. Instead, they talk about how excited they are to see clearer water coming off their land.

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Returning Wetlands to their Natural Habitat
Restoring Wetlands to their Natural Habitat

Jeff Pals and some family members are turning a little piece of land into a snapshot of what it used to be with the assistance from NRCS' wetland easement programs.

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Newburgh EWP site during construction
Environmental Protection Program Saves Historic Land

Saturating rains and heavy winds in May of 2011 triggered the start of a landslide on the historic Old Lock and Dam Park property, located just east of downtown Newburgh, IN. 

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