The Hendricks County Soil & Water Conservation District has recently completed the White Lick Clean Water Project from the 1996 EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 Non-Point Source Water Management Grant Program. In January 1997, the program began with Jessica Gibbs, project coordinator completing the two year project on December, 1998.
White Lick Clean Water Project was chosen because of the rapidly developing areas in Hendricks County for new subdivisions with home sites, shopping centers, and general land disturbing activities involving urban development. Sediments from these developments are carrying non-point source pollutants to White Lick Creek, causing degradation of water quality and siltation of the stream.
Adequate erosion/sediment control plans are being prepared for these developments meeting Rule 5 requirements with the proper review by the Hendricks County Soil & Water Conservation District, Hendricks County Plan Commission and others as appropriate. However, the erosion & sediment control practices are not being adequately applied to the development or individual home sites.
The Districts application addressed the problem of non-point source pollution in the White Lick Creek watershed by education and on-site assistance in the implementation of urban conservation measures in the control of erosion & sedimentation for contractors, developers, and builders.
The final report indicates a substantial increase in the use of and the implementation of urban conservation measures.
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