SILVER CREEK WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Silver Creek Watershed is located in the Indiana Counties of Clark, Scott and Floyd. The cities and towns of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, New Albany, Memphis, Sellersburg, Charlestown, and Henryville are all located in the watershed.
A watershed management plan was completed for the watershed in 2008. Implementation of the plan began in 2011, and was completed in October 2014. More information can be found on this project at its' web site: www.mysilvercreekwatershed.weebly.com.
FOURTEEN MILE CREEK/GOOSE CREEK-OH RIVER WATERSHEDS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
In October, 2013, the Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received a Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grant for Fourteen Mile Creek/Goose Creek - OH River (IN) watersheds.
The goal of this project was to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan. A full-time Watershed Coordinator was hired who to oversee all activities/tasks of the project, maintaining communication with partners in the project, and ensuring that activities/tasks were completed in a timely manner. Diagnostic studies to establish baseline data for water quality within the watersheds were conducted on a monthly basis with volunteers. A completed management plan was submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in January 2016. Once approved, the SWCD will seek grant funds to implement the plan. For more details on this project, please visit its' web site at www.14milecreekwatershed.weebly.com.
2013 CLEAN WATER INDIANA GRANT - BETTER SOIL. CLEANER WATER. MORE PROFIT
This project proved popular with landowners, and the $75,000 grant funds were expended quickly. Involving five-counties in southeastern Indiana, the purpose of the project was to reduce sediment and nutrients from nonpoint sources in an effort to improve water quality. It encouraged producers to utilize soil testing, no-till, cover crops and buffer practices - best management practices that address nonpoint source pollution.
Participants were required to complete a soil test and a professional consultation on the soil test recommendations, utilize no-till planting methods, seed cover crops and as needed, and/or install buffer practices. Educational workshops were held, and cover crop demonstration plots were established to provide familiarity with the practices. Our Virtual Cover Crop Workshop, produced as a result of this project, can be found here.