WREC

Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River Cost-Share Program

The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation is currently accepting cost-share applications for the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River watershed. Applications for urban projects are due March 15, 2017! Agricultural project applications are due by May 30, 2017! WREC will provide up to 75% of the total cost for urban and agricultural projects focused on improving water quality in the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River wateshed. To obtain funding, projects must meet three requirements:

  1. The parcel must be located within our critical areas. Map of critical areas

  2. Practices must be included on our list of fundable practices.

  3. Projects must be approved by WREC’s steering committee and our funder, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management prior to project installation.

How Our Program Works

WREC in partnership with the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District provide landowner assistance, technical expertise and consultation free of charge! Contact WREC or the Tippecanoe County SWCD to discuss your project and to learn more about the program. Already have a a project then download a paper application or submit your application online. Please submit a cost estimate and site plan or map when you submit your application. These can be emailed to our Resource Specialist or hand delivered to our offices at 515 Columbia Street, Lafayette. WREC staff will contact you once we receive your application to discuss your project, obtain site plans and photographs, and determine any additional needs to process your application. All projects will be ranked using our standardized urban and agricultural ranking forms, then reviewed by our urban and agricultural committees to determine funding for top projects.

Completed project applications will be reviewed by the agricultural and urban committees within one month of the application due date. Once reviewed, WREC staff will forward applications to our funding agency for approval. If approved, WREC staff will meet with grant recipients to sign contracts and discuss project specifics. No work can be complete prior to contract signature. Additionally, all work must be completed on a reimbursement basis. Any work completed before signature will not be reimbursed.

Interested in purchasing a rain barrel, visit www.TippEcoNow.com to learn more. Rain barrel only projects do not require an application, simply contact the City of Lafayette or City of West Lafayette to purchase your rain barrel.

Agricultural Cost-Share Program

Agricultural landowners in our target area have a unique opportunity to improve water quality in the Wabash River. The Tippecanoe County SWCD coordinates all aspects of the agricultural cost-share program. Landowners in our target area are eligible for assistance of up to 75% of the cost of design and installation of specific green practices. To learn more about our program download our brochure.

Agricultural projects we fund: Buffer strips, Conservation tillage, Cover crops, Grassed waterways, Nutrient and pest management, Prescribed grazing, Streambank stabilization, Turf to prairie conversion, Tree planting, Two-stage ditch construction, Bioreactor, Drainage water management.

Technical assistance is free and we're offering agricultural landowners free consultation services through our partners at the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact Angela Garcia-Miller of the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District at Angela Garcia-Miller or 765-494-9992 x3 to schedule your walk through or learn more.

Urban Cost-Share Program

Urban landowners in our target area have a unique opportunity to improve water quality in the Wabash River.  Landowners in Lafayette, West Lafayette and most of Tippecanoe County are eligible for assistance of up to 75% of the cost of design and installation of specific green practices. To learn more about our program download our brochure or visit www.TippEcoNow.com.

Urban projects we fund: Rain gardens, Rain barrels, Pervious pavement, Native plants, Trees, Bioswales, Green roofs, Streambank stabilization, Turf to prairie conversion, Turf to tree conversion, and Infrastucture retrofits

Technical assistance is free and is provided by the Tippecanoe SWCD and WREC staff through free urban landowners consultation services. Contact our resource specialist at the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation at resources@wabashriver.net to schedule your walk through.

NOTE: Participation in this consultation does not guarantee project funding.

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