Lower Eel River Watershed 319 Grant

The section 319 Grant was awarded to the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District to help improve the water quality in the Lower Eel River Watershed by reducing polluted runoff primarily by sources of  E.coli, Fertilizers, and Erosion & Sedimentation. The Lower Eel River Watershed covers most of Clay County, as well as parts of Owen, Greene, and Vigo Counties. Lower Eel river map

The section 319 grant encompasses three main tasks to help remediate the water quality issues in the watershed.

  1. Cost-share with landowners to install and adopt conservation practices to help improve water quality
  2. Education and outreach within the community to help bring to light the pollution issues that our community faces and how those issues can be resolved
  3. Water monitoring and data collection by volunteers in the community to identify and better understand the water quality issues that our watershed faces

Cost-Share Program

Cost-share to implement and adopt conservation practices is now available to landowners and producers throughout the watershed. Available practices include cover crops, filter strips,  livestock exclusion fencing,  heavy use area protection, WASCOBs, grassed waterways, critical area planting, no-till and precision ag modifications, and much more!

For more information on what practices are available or how the application process works please check out our brochure at the link below, or contact us at the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District.

2016 LERW Cost-share brochure pdf