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Water Conservation Grants To Be Distributed Across The State

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Many counties throughout the state are receiving financial help for water conservation efforts.

The Indiana Department of Agriculture’s Clean Water Indiana Program will distribute over $900,000 in grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state. Those districts are responsible for local conservation of natural resources.

Clean Water Indiana Program Manager Leah Harmon says they received over 30 proposals requesting funds for projects such as fighting erosion and hosting educational events.

“This was our biggest year ever as far as the requests for funding," Harmon says. "We also received the most applications we’ve ever received, but there’s still a lot of work we have left to do."

Other projects include maintaining pollinator habitats and promoting cover crop use in agriculture.

About half of the proposals the Clean Water Indiana Program received were granted.

Monroe, Brown, Owen and Greene counties will collectively receive a little more than $60,000 in grant money to address invasive species control on smaller areas of land.

Manager for the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District Martha Miller says the counties are still working on a concrete plan for where to allocate funds before they receive the grant money in early 2017.

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