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Steering Committee Meeting For 319 Grant Is Wednesday, April 6 In Clay City

The Eel River and many of its tributaries remain unhealthy. The presence of high levels of E. coli and nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates have caused several of the streams to be listed as “impaired” or “severely impaired” by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). As a result of these impairments the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) has received a 319 grant aimed at remediating these issues by reducing polluted runoff in the Lower Eel River Watershed which spans across portions of Clay, Owen, Greene and Vigo counties (see accompanying map).

The grant will support cost-share and education outreach programs aimed at reducing high E. coli counts, high nitrate and phosphate levels, erosion and sedimentation, and runoff from livestock and human waste. In order to help implement the grant, and to make decisions going forward a steering committee if being formed made up of community landowners, producers, and stakeholders in the Lower Eel River Watershed. The committee’s first meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Clay City. If you are interested in joining the steering committee, or if you would like some more information on the grant itself please plan to attend this meeting.

If you have any questions or want more information about the 319 grant, contact watershed coordinator Tyler Trout at the CCSWCD office 812- 448-1108, extension 3.

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