Welcome to the Home of the Lower Salamonie River Watershed Project!
Do you live within the Lower Salamonie River Watershed? What is a watershed? Why should you care about your watershed? These are all very good questions that often come up when discussing a watershed management project, and we hope to provide answers to those questions.
Our efforts focus on uniting people throughout the Salamonie River watershed to develop an ecological and economically healthy watershed to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. That means you can play a huge role in the improvement of our land and water. Whether you live in town or on a farm, or whether you rent or own your home, you have a huge impact on our environment and we would love for you to be involved. So please, contact us with any questions or comments you may have! You can find all of our office information in the above Contact Information tab.
Background and Overview Information
For the past few years the Salamonie River has shown increased levels of nutrients and sediment. Segments of the lower Salamonie River and some of its tributaries are listed on the IDEM 303(d) list for impairments, such as E.Coli, impaired biotic communities and nutrients. This information prompted the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District along with the Wells, Wabash, Blackford, and Grant County SWCDs, as well as other interested partners to obtain a 319 Non-Point Source Management Grant for the Lower Salamonie River Watershed area.
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). After approval of the WMP a cost share program will be developed to implement best management practices (BMPs) to address the water quality concerns outlined in the approved Lower Salamonie River (LSR) Watershed Management Plan.
In order to identify water quality concerns and identify critical areas of concern a water quality monitoring program was developed for the LSR watershed. The map below identifies the selected sampling sites along the Salamonie River and its tributaries. Check out the above "Water Quality Monitoring" tab for more information on the monitoring program!