|Apply for clean water conservation grant|
|Written by Submitted|
|Thursday, February 07, 2013 8:56 PM|
The Dearborn, Ohio,
and Switzerland County’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts are now
accepting applications from landowners who may be seeking assistance for
conservation practices, through a Clean Water Indiana grant program.
The SWCDs are working together to provide this opportunity for the
landowners in all three counties.
The Clean Water Indiana Program was
established to provide financial assistance to landowners and
conservation groups. The financial assistance supports the
implementation of conservation practices which will reduce nonpoint
sources of water pollution through education, technical assistance,
training, and cost sharing programs. The CWI fund is administered by the
Division of Soil Conservation under the direction of the State Soil
The CWI Program is responsible for providing
local matching funds as well as grants for sediment and nutrient
reduction projects through Indiana’s Soil and Water Conservation
Districts. CWI also contributes critical state matching funds for
Indiana’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, an initiative which
utilizes federal funds to encourage landowners to conserve
environmentally sensitive land.
This is a cost share program that
will reimburse the landowner(s) for expenses derived from installing
specific conservation practices that are funded through the CWI grant.
Conservation practices that are available for reimbursement will be:
Cover Crops, Exclusion Fence, Pasture/Hay Planting, Heavy Use Area
Protection Pads, Livestock Pipeline, Guttering, Spring Development,
Livestock Watering Facility, Livestock Water Well, Rain Garden, and
components related to any of the practices listed. A resource concern(s)
must be present for eligibility of the practice(s), and a field visit
will be done by an SWCD staff member, to do a complete resource
inventory and plan.
The first deadline for applications is Friday,
March 15. Funding is limited to $14,725 for each county, with a maximum
of $3,000 per landowner. Applications will be accepted until all funds
are allocated. A ranking process is in place to determine who will be
Anyone interested in more information, or needing an application, may apply in person or phone Dearborn or Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District office. Dearborn County SWCD is the contact office for Dearborn and Ohio County landowners, at 10729 Randall Ave., Aurora, 47001, or phone 812-926-2406 extension 3; Switzerland County SWCD office is located at 105 E. Pike Street, Vevay, 47043 or phone 812-427-3126 extension 3.