State conservation program awards more than $1,000,000 in funds

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 6, 2019) — The State Soil Conservation Board awarded more than $1,000,000 in funds today to the Clean Water Indiana Program. This is a conservation match funding program that supports reducing pollutants in Indiana’s waterways through Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other conservation groups.

“The funds provided today for the 14 grant proposals will benefit local farmers in a multitude of ways,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “These funds will directly provide technical assistance, support farmers in improving water quality and, in some cases, create jobs for rural Hoosiers.”

The Clean Water Indiana Program, was created by the legislature in 1999 and began awarding competitive grants in 2011. This program is funded mainly by a portion of the state’s cigarette tax revenue and has funded more than 140 projects since inception.

This year, 14 proposals representing 39 Soil and Water Conservation Districts and 2 conservation groups, were awarded funds which can be used in a variety of ways. One grantee could use funds to cost share on cover crop or livestock practices, while another grantee could use the funds to hire a staff associate. Grantees are encouraged to collaborate with neighboring counties and many will use this funding to leverage additional resources from outside organizations.

“Partnership is key to this program,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director. “Collaboration between groups like SWCD’s, soil conservation partners and farmers, will move the needle forward in preventing sediment and nutrients from entering Indiana’s vital waterways.”

In 2019, there were 2.2 million dollars requested from soil conservation organizations for this grant opportunity, showing how committed soil conservation groups are to increasing resources for landowners and improving water quality.

Larry Clemens, SSCB Chairman, believes these funds allow conservation partners to focus on local issues, as well as statewide challenges.

“The CWI program allows SWCD’s and other conservation partners to tailor conservation programs to local needs while addressing one of our most pressing statewide natural resource challenges, improving water quality,” Clemens said. “The SSCB is happy to partner with the grant recipients to advance conservation in Indiana.”

The following list includes the CWI grants that were awarded for 2019.

Lead Organization  Partnering SWCD  Award Amount 
Clinton Co. SWCD None $33,000
Franklin Co. SWCD None $15,884.50
Fulton Co. SWCD None $106,827
Gibson  Co. SWCD All Southwest IN SWCD’s $138,000
Huntington Co. SWCD Wells $45,000
IASWCD None     $44,500
Jackson Co. SWCD Lawrence $40,000
Jay Co. SWCD Blackford $100,000
Montgomery Co. SWCD None $90,000
Newton Co. SWCD Jasper, LaPorte, Porter $50,000
Scott Co. SWCD Lawrence, Washington   $120,000
SICIM None $54,000
Vermillion Co. SWCD Parke $60,000
Warrick Co. SWCD None     $114,000

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