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 Henry County Receives State Clean Water Grant

February 27, 2008 - Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recently awarded $350,000 in Clean Water Indiana grants. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture-Division of Soil Conservation (ISDA-DSC) and the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) selected Henry County as one of the 2008 recipients. The funds will be awarded to Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout Indiana to support local efforts for nutrient and sediment reduction.

"These grants show a true investment in Indiana’s environment and public health," said Lt. Governor Skillman. "Focusing these funds on conservation will help our state remain an attractive place for families to live and businesses to grow."

Henry County will receive the new Conservation Marketing Initiative Grant, which offers $2,000 to market the adoption of local sediment and nutrient management practices. More than 82 districts applied for and received the new grant, including 21 that applied for the first time. Through this initiative, the district agrees to host an educational event, send out event promotional materials and follow up with farmers and landowners. As a result of this program, districts will host 103 events promoting nutrient and sediment reduction throughout the state.

"I am pleased that so many districts continue to use Clean Water Indiana grants to further conservation in Indiana," said Indiana Agriculture Director Andy Miller. "This is the first year the Clean Water Indiana grants required districts to focus on one specific conservation issue. We are certain this consistent statewide effort will create tremendous impact on our conservation efforts and awareness."

The State Soil Conservation Board also approved 23 applications for the Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Grant. This grant supports innovative district single-year projects that address sediment and nutrient reduction within a budget of $3,000 – $10,000.

"All the grant applicants showed a true conservation commitment," said State Soil Conservation Board President Nola Gentry. "We were especially pleased with the response to our new Conservation Marketing Initiative Grant and that districts who have never applied before participated and will receive grant monies."

 

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