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Lower Big Blue River Watershed project announces cost share funding

The Lower Big Blue River Watershed Project, in partnership with the Shelby, Johnson, Rush, Henry & Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, announces the availability of funding from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Section 319 program and our local partners to directly enhance Lower Big Blue River and its tributaries.


The grant will provide funding for agricultural producers within the target drainages of the creek which are shown in yellow on the map to improve water quality on their property. 


To see the interactive map of the watershed, visit


The Lower Big Blue River Watershed Project will use over $180,000, by providing up to 75% of the costs for qualified agricultural projects.  To receive funding, projects must meet three criteria: 1) Be located within the target area (mapped in yellow on the enclosed figure); 2) Be a project type listed on the fundable projects list; and 3) Be approved by the project’s technical committees and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. 


The applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


To learn more about the project, view the map, details of the qualifications, and/or to apply for cost-share funding, visit or contact your local soil and water conservation district or Sara Peel at or (765) 337-9100.


Shelby  SWCD/NRCS - (765) 544-2051 ext 3

Johnson SWCD/NRCS - (317) 736-9540 ext 3

Rush SWCD/NRCS - (765) 544-2051 ext 3

Henry SWCD/NRCS - (765) 529-2303 ext 3

Hancock SWCD/NRCS - (317) 462-2283 ext 3


Additional information about the project’s progress can be found at