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35 SWCDs get Clean Water Indiana funding

35 SWCDs get Clean Water Indiana funding
State grants announced that tell which conservation projects get funding for 2016.

The Clean Water Indiana grants program is part of the overall Clean Water Indiana program. It is the state-funded pool of money awarded for conservation projects.

Clean Water Indiana was preceded by T by 2000 in the mid-1980s. The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts have long sought additional funding so they could fund even more projects across the state. Clean Water Indiana is administered by the Division of Soil Conservation, now part of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Conservation on the land: Grant money will be used for a variety of practices that help improve water quality. Some projects may eventually include cost-sharing for practices such as this buffer strip along the edge of a field.

Money to operate the Division is collected as a minor fraction of the cigarette tax. Part of the money for the Clean Water Indiana grant fund comes from an appropriation from the legislature. The amount has held fairly constant for several years.

Money that is appropriated by the legislature is put to good use, soil conservation leaders say. The recent awards, totaling $965,000, were made jointly by ISDA and the State Soil Conservation Board, an appointed group that reports to the governor.

Projects that were awarded Clean Water Indiana money received the full amount of their request, sources say. Here are the projects that were approved in this round of funding. The first SWCD named served as the lead group in the grant-seeking process. Other county SWCDs also listed on that project will cooperate in the project. Projects vary widely, but all are designed to help improve water quality in one or more watersheds in some way.

Grants were awarded to these county SWCDs: Clay, Sullivan; Clinton, Carroll, Howard, Tippecanoe; Crawford, Floyd, Scott, Washington; Elkhart; Hamilton, Hancock, Madison, Marion; Lawrence, Jackson, Martin, Washington; Marshall, St. Joseph, Starke; Montgomery, Boone, Clinton; Ripley, Switzerland; Spencer, Dubois, Perry; St. Joseph, Marshall, Starke; Vanderburgh, Gibson, Pike, Posey, Warrick; Warrick, Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh; Wells, Huntington.

That's a total of 14 projects. Note that some counties are involved in more than one watershed project with other counties.

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