In the past few years the Salamonie River has shown increased levels of nutrients and sediment.
Sections of the river and some of its tributaries are listed on the IDEM 303(d) list for impairments that include E.coli, impaired biotic communities and nutrients.
Since 2009, the soil and water conservation districts in the Salamonie River Watershed area, along with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, have been taking water samples from the start of the Salamonie Reservoir in Huntington County to the headwaters of the river in Jay County.
The information from these water tests and the designation of the watershed area not listed as a priority area, prompted the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District along with Blackford, Grant, Wabash and Wells County SWCDs, as well as other interested partners, to obtain a 319 Non-Point Source Management Grant for the Lower Salamonie River Watershed (LSRW) area.
The LSRW area begins in Blackford County near Montpelier and covers areas in Grant, Huntington, Wabash and Wells counties. The LSR watershed area, including the Salamonie Lake, totals approximately 196,426 acres.
During the first two years of the grant the watershed coordinator along with stakeholders will gather data, identify water quality concerns and set goals for water quality improvement.
This information will be compiled and used to develop a Watershed Management Plan (WMP). In the third and fourth years, a cost share plan will be developed to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to address the water quality concerns outlined in the approved LSR Watershed Management Plan (WMP).
Information about activities and events will be provided through public meetings, newsletters and news releases.
Information about the progress of the grant and upcoming events will also be included on the Huntington County SWCD website www.huntington swcd.org.
For more information about the grant, contact the Huntington County SWCD office at 356-6816, ext. 3.