State of the River Report released March 18, 2011. Fifteen years of water quality monitoring, educational efforts and assistance to land owners hasn’t eliminated the threats to water quality in the St. Joseph River watershed.
Read the State of the River report to learn what has been done and what still must be accomplished to improve water quality. (click picture)

2014 Allen County Soil and Water Annual Meeting

2014 Allen County Soil and Water Annual Meeting

Please join us on Monday March 31, 2014 at 6:30pm for this years Allen County SWCD Annual Meeting! 
Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at Tim Rorick's Farm:
4710 S. Webster Rd
New Haven, IN 46774
  

Jon Cavanaugh and David Kohli will be sharing the highlights of the Spring Planting Intentions

Also occuring will be Supervisor elections and the Allen County SWCD will give a brief overview of 2013 activities.

Please let us know prior to March 22, 2014 if you plan to attend so we can get an accurate food count, but walkins will also be welcome.  Contact Allen County SWCD (260)484-5848 Ext. 3 or email krista.voors@in.nacdnet.net

Thank you! 

CHECK THIS OUT!
Informational Videos:
 
1. What's a Watershed? and Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC)
 
2. What Do Rubber Duckies have to do with Nonpoint Source Pollution? Two Public Service Announcements from IDEM
 
3. Upgrading the water quality of the St. Joe River Watershed Management Plan video  

Working to re-establish the online capabilities of the water quality database!

IPFW Computer Science students have begun working with Environmental Resource Center (ERC) director Bruce Kingsbury on designing an online database interface for water quality data from the St. Joseph River and its tributaries. This collaboration is an expansion of the ERC’s project with the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative (SJRWI).  The intention of this project is to re-establish the online capabilities of the database so that is accessible to all who are curious about what’s in our water (IPFW Environmental Resources Center). More updates to come!

Middle St. Joseph River Watershed Managment Plan Approved by IDEM
Over the past three years, the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative and the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District, with the assistance of Sustainable Natural Resource Technology, (SNRT) along with many organizations and individuals in DeKalb, Williams, and Defiance Counties have been working hard on developing the Middle St. Joseph River Watershed Management Plan. The plan was recently approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
 
Watershed Management Plans identify impairments in the watershed and create a plan to address them in order to improve the water quality of a community’s rivers, lakes, and streams. The plan is a guidebook for helping improve and protect the water quality of the region. “The plan belongs to the whole community, which is why we strove to include the input of as many partners as possible,” Jennifer Thum, St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative Project Manager stated.
 
The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative hosted several meetings and presentations to raise awareness of the watershed management plan update and gather insights into the Middle St. Joseph River Watershed Management Plan.
 
From these discussions and visits to several locations within the watershed, the plan was developed to address the issues facing the watershed. The plan identified the increased need to permanently protect land within the watershed as well as limiting livestock in the rivers and streams, preventing sediment from county roads entering the waterways, and educating landowners on maintenance of their septic systems.


The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative’s work to improve and protect the water quality of the Middle St. Joseph River Watershed does not stop here. The Initiative is continuing to participate in implementing the plan as part of the Middle River Watershed Steering Committee.

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

The following businesses, agencies and organizations have helped sponsor our Outreach and Education programs 

Allen County Parks and Recreation (www.allencoparks.org)

Allen County SWCD (www.allenswcd.org)

DeKalb County SWCD (www.dekalbswcd.org)

Steuben County SWCD (www.steubenswcd.org)

Williams County SWCD (www.williamsswcd.org)

Farmers and Merchants Bank, Biotill Cover Crops, Midwest Ag Finance, Rupley Farm Equipment, Bunge North America, Farm Credit Service of Mid-America, Liechty Farm Equipment, DEKALB/Asgrow, Brodbeck Seeds, Edon Farmers Co-op, Bennett Seeds, The Andersons, Alliance Agra, North Central Co-op, Paul Martin and Sons LLC, Nester Ag LLC, Agridry LLC, Archbold Equipment, Williamson Insurance Agency, Agra Warehouse, Max Delagrange.

We appreciate the help our sponsors give!

Septic Systems: Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind
A new DVD is now available. The video explains what a septic system is, what it does, and how problems can be prevented through regular inspection and proper upkeep. Copies are available at the health departments and soil and water conservation districts in Allen, Noble and DeKalb counties.

 

To watch the video online, go to www.co.allen.in.us/acowmd or visit the Allen County’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/allencountyinfo

Lower St. Joseph-Bear Creek Watershed Management Plan
The final version of the Lower St. Joseph-Bear Creek Watershed Management Plan has been completed and approved by IDEM. This effort has produced some very important data about the Lower St. Joseph and Bear Creek sub-watersheds. With the mapping and water quality data collected for this planning effort, it will be easier to target management techniques and changes in land use that will have the greatest impact on water quality in the St. Joseph River. The plan can be accessed below.