Black Creek Watershed Project – COMING SOON
The Black Creek watershed consists of 106,857 acres situated primarily western Greene County, with portions spanning into Sullivan and Knox counties. The Black Creek watershed was recently selected by IDEM for a comprehensive TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) study. From fall 2021-2022 extensive water monitoring and data analysis will be conducted in order to assess overall water quality, identify impairments, determine potential point and nonpoint source pollutants, and outline recommendations for ways in which to reduce pollutant loads in the future. The final TMDL report is scheduled to be completed by 2024. Information gathered in this TMDL report will be instrumental in creating a comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the Black Creek watershed. For more information on this TMDL project or to view the full report, click here: Black Creek TMDL Project
In conjunction with this TMDL project, the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District submitted a 319 Planning & Implementation grant application which was selected for funding. This 4-year 319 grant is scheduled to start in 2023 and will dovetail with the completion of the Black Creek TMDL study so that the reported data can be utilized for creating a Watershed Management Plan. The upcoming 319 grant is valued at $379,500 ($160,000 will be devoted to cost-share funding) with a match/in-kind commitment of $253,000. The first two years (2023-2025) of this grant project will be spent gathering and analyzing information about the Black Creek watershed from various sources including the IDEM TMDL study, stakeholder and Advisory Committee input, and desktop modeling. Once critical areas are selected and the Black Creek Watershed Management Plan is approved by IDEM and EPA, the ‘Implementation’ phase (e.g. cost-share) can begin in 2025/2026. More information will be forthcoming, but until then, stakeholders interested in joining the email notification list are encouraged to contact the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District for more information.
CLICK HERE for an interactive map of the Black Creek watershed
To learn more about the Black Creek Watershed Project:
Greene County SWCD
104 County Rd. 70 East, Suite B Bloomfield, IN 47424
(812) 384 4634 x 3