Watershed Planning and Conservation

BMP Database 

The International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database project features a database of over 400 BMP studies and performance analysis results for project studies.  Additional tools for use in BMP performance studies, monitoring guidance, and other study-related publications to initiate new BMP’s are available. The overall purpose of the project is to provide scientifically sound information to improve the design, selection and performance of BMPs.

The Low Impact Development Center
The Low Impact Development Center was established to develop and provide information to individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting the environment and water resources through proper site design techniques that replicate pre-existing hydrologic site conditions. This particular guide can be used for state and local public works managers who are interested in integrating watershed management into their strategic municipal asset management process.  Property owners interested in assessing their property’s impact on the watershed will also find this guide useful.  This guide, developed by the LMI with an EPA grant provides information to aid in identifying municipal infrastructure assets and activities that can adversely affect the surrounding watershed (reducing asset values) and mitigate these potential effects.

IDEM Information Page
Provides information about watershed planning and nonpoint source information- as well as additional resources. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) works with communities around the state of Indiana to provide quality environmental oversight and technical assistance on any type of environmental project, public or private.  This site provides information about proper watershed planning and management involving non-point source pollution.     

Rule 5 Indiana Code
This NPDES Article 15 explains the General Permit Rule Program guidelines for pollution discharge.  Rule 5, in particular, addresses the requirements for storm water discharges from construction activities of one acre or more so that the public health, existing water uses, and aquatic biota are protected.  This Rule outlines definitions, procedures, and guidelines.     

Rule 13 Indiana Code
This NPDES Article 15 explains the General Permit Rule Program guidelines for pollution discharge.  Rule 13, in particular, addresses the requirements for storm water run-off associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems.  This Rule outlines definitions, procedures, and guidelines.     

Stormwater Permits 
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) works with communities around the state of Indiana to provide quality environmental oversight and technical assistance on any type of environmental project, public or private.  Information about Storm Water Permit requirements and additional sources of aid in this process is available.

Clean Water Act
The EPA’s compliance assistance tools support the Clean Water Act. This enhances the access to water-related environmental compliance assistance by providing links to documents, tools, information and other related and linked Web sites for compliance with environmental requirements to protect water resources.

Surf Your Watershed 
This interactive map provides access to the nation’s watersheds.  Information about the watershed and citizen-based organizations that are working to protect water quality, monitoring activities, organizing cleanups and restoration activities are available. 

 EPA focus on watersheds provides a diversity of information from what is a watershed to permits and regulations, funding, and current initiatives for watershed management around the country. 

319 Grants
Section 319 of the Clean Water Act addresses the need for greater federal leadership to help focus state and local nonpoint source pollution control efforts.  In Section 319, states, territories and tribes receive grant money that supports a wide variety of activities including technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects and monitoring to assess the success of specific nonpoint source implementation projects.

Septic Systems
Purdue Cooperative Extension 
The Purdue Cooperative Extension provides information on the type, installation, use, and maintenance of septic systems.  Additional information and resources about septic systems, soil and chemical issues, and access to County Health Departments and other Purdue Agricultural resources is provided. 

National Association of Certified Home Inspectors
The NACHI provides basic information about septic systems, their use, and maintenance.  There are additional links to home inspections, certified inspectors, standards, memberships, and other educational sources.    

Delaware County Health Department
The DC Health Department provides a variety of sources, information, reports, and permits regarding environmental management practices.  Information about approved types of septic systems, permit requirements, and guides are all available for this area. 

Indiana On-Site Wastewater Professionals Association 
This Association is an educational organization committed to protecting the public health and the environment of Indiana by improving and increasing access to wastewater treatment for individuals and communities living beyond centralized wastewater treatment facilities.   

United States Environmental Protection Agency- Office of Water 
The EPA Office of Water provides information about any and all uses of water and the protection of those water resources.  This also provides easy access to detailed water resource descriptions such as watersheds, wetlands, permits, stormwater, etc. 

Indiana State Department of Agriculture 
This state department provides information regarding management of agricultural lands, natural resources, environmental protection, and developments in energy use. 

ISDA-Division of Soil Conservation 
The Division of Soil Conservation belongs to the Indiana Conservation Partnership. This Partnership provides technical, educational, and financial assistance to citizens to solve erosion and sediment-related problems occurring on the land or impacting public waters.

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) mission is to coordinate assistance from available sources – public and private, local, state and federal – in an effort to develop locally driven solutions to natural resource concerns.  Tools and resources about conservation partnerships around the state are available. 

National Association of Conservation Districts
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation.   Tools and resources about the conservation partnerships around the nation sharing information to provide local districts, landowners, and operators the necessary resources to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands is also available. 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources- Division of Waterhttp://www.in.gov/dnr/water/
This Division of the DNR provides information about resources available to the state for conservation, restoration, and development evolving around water resources. 

United States Army Corps of Engineers 
The US Army Corps of Engineers provides access to permits and resource information about all types of construction.  The US Army Corps of Engineers aids in the understanding and connection of people to resources and understanding of the management and use of the land. 

United State Department of Agriculture- Natural Resources Conservation Service
The NRCS provides access to all different interest groups about land management.  Information regarding services, programs, and technical resources is available for land and homeowners as well as educators and politicians. 

Delaware County Indiana
Delaware County resources provide information regarding local initiative and permit information regarding the management of resources in the area. 

Understanding Watersheds
This report provides information about understanding state and local watersheds.  It provides visual descriptions of how watersheds are structured and how they function. 

One Drop at a Time
New Resourceful Paradigms at 168 Elm Ave.
This project example features prime sources of resource management of sustainable rain water, stormwater, and runoff treatments at a residential scale.  It also offers examples that demonstrate the feasibility of and confidence in sustainable landscape solutions.