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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.