MNBC Watershed Project 

The ‘MNBC’ project refers to the Maria Creek and No Business Creek watersheds situated primarily in northwestern Knox County and southern Sullivan County. These two combined watershed include 89,061 acres. This project is currently in the ‘Planning’ phase of a 4 year 319 Planning & Implementation grant, which started in December 2020 and will conclude in 2024. IDEM 319 funding for this grant amounts to $388,500 (with $160,000 earmarked for cost-share funds) with a match/in-kind commitment of $259,000. The first two years of this grant project will be spent gathering information about baseline water quality from various sources including a recent IDEM TMDL study of Maria Creek, stakeholder and Advisory Committee input, collected water samples, and desktop modeling. Once critical areas are selected and the MNBC Watershed Management Plan is approved by IDEM and EPA, the ‘Implementation’ phase (e.g. cost-share) can begin. Stakeholders interested in joining the MNBC Advisory Committee or learning more about future cost-share opportunities and events are encouraged to contact the Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District and/or the 319 Watershed Coordinator for more information.

CLICK HERE for an interactive map of the MNBC Watershed Boundaries

Background of the MNBC Watershed Project 

The Maria Creek watershed was recently selected by IDEM for a comprehensive TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) study. During 2019-2020 extensive water monitoring and data analysis were 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. Information from this TMDL report will be instrumental in creating a comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the Maria + No Business Creek watersheds. For more information on this TMDL project or to view the full report, click here: Maria Creek TMDL

To learn more about the MNBC Watershed Project:

Sullivan County SWCD 
2316 North Section St. Sullivan, IN  47882
(812) 268 5157  x 3

319 Watershed Coordinator
(812) 564-1162 cell