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Locals Discuss BBR Watershed
March 18, 2009 - The steering committee for the Big Blue Watershed project met at the Westwood Park office building at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Attending were Elisa Grafford, John Waterman, Bobby York, Dennis York, John Rogers, Lee Ann Wallen, Kathy Rogers, Scott Lightfoot, Jeff Ray, Randy Jones, Tony Wright and Barry Banks.
Introductions were made and Grafford handed out copies of the watershed maps and list of coordinator and committee duties. Wallen volunteered to be recorder for the group and Ray was selected by nomination to be chairperson for the steering committee.
Grafford read a letter from a landowner expressing concern about how a drainage clearing project has been carried out resulting in ensuing bank erosion and run off. She also handed out a guide for septic maintenance for the group to pass on to others.
Grafford also reported that the Watershed Management Plan first section, including a mission statement, a land inventory, a water monitoring plan and detailed maps are due to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) by April 14.
Discussion and adoption of the mission statement followed. The mission is "to increase public awareness of non-point pollution sources such as E-coli and sedimentation within the Big Blue River Watershed."
As for the physical land inventory, Grafford said Ball State student Josh Douglas has volunteered to help compile the inventory. The group already has considerable data ready to be included.
Ray then briefly discussed the water testing sites already established by various groups and the one or two new sites to be added. These sites will cover the subwatershed very well. Discussion of the water monitoring plan and uniformity of testing protocols among the sites followed.
There will be newsletters sent to stakeholders to communicate plan progress. The newsletter name will be called "Big Blue News". If anyone would like to have a presentation on the project please contact Grafford.
The next committee meeting to review the water monitoring plan and first section plan submission is Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the pollution control plant conference room on Midway Drive.
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