Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Watershed Cost-Share Program


Have you installed conversation practices on your land? Would you like to share your experiences with conservation practices with other producers and landowners? We are currently looking for producers and/or landowners in the DCSC watershed who would be willing to be part in an upcoming Deer Creek-Sugar Creek field day/workshop. If you are interested, please contact Sara Peel, Watershed Coordinator, at 765-337-9100 or speel@wabashriver.net.

Volunteering Opportunity

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Application Period

We have tentatively funded $150,000 in conservation practices in our watershed in 2015!

Our Cost-Share program application period has officially closed, but we are still accepting applications on a "waiting list" type basis. The Cost-Share Program will be open through January, 2016, or until all money is allocated or spent.

 If you have questions please consult our FAQ page or contact us directly.

About this Project

This project is funded through an IDEM Section 319 Grant to the Carroll County SWCD. The Cost-Share Program was developed by the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Steering Committee with full participation from the Soil and Water Conservation Districts and NRCS District Conservationists in Carroll, Cass, Howard, Miami, and Tippecanoe counties. For questions about the program, contact your local SWCD.



Cost-Share Program Information

$150,000 in 319 funding is available for eligible conservation projects within the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek (DCSC) watershed in 2015. Landowners in critical areas of the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Watershed are eligible to apply for cost-share funding to implement best management practices which will reduce loading of Nitrogen and Phosphorus,  E. coli, and Total Suspended Solids in runoff. Additional practices to keep livestock out of creeks are also eligible for funding. 

Approved applicants will receive up to 75% of the installation cost. Practices are installed according to NRCS standards and are approved by the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Technical Review Committee, which includes local District Conservationists. Practices previously installed are not eligible.


Critical Areas

To be eligible to apply for cost-share funding, your property or proposed project must be within the DCSC Critical Areas boundaries. To find out, use Google-interactive maps of the critical areas to zoom in to your property:

Map of Nutrient Critical Areas

Map of E. coli Critical Areas

Map of Sediment Critical Areas

Map of Livestock Access Critical Areas

DRAFT - Revised High Priority Critical Areas

Alternatively, you may download maps (pdfs) or GIS shapefiles of the critical areas.


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This project is funded by an IDEM Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant.