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The South Fork Wildcat Creek is listed as one of Indiana's State Scenic Rivers, a State Heritage Program Site, a State designated Canoe Trail, and is a High Water Quality River.

This is truly a natural treasure and local asset that provides our local community with valuable resources and recreational opportunities.
In 2008, the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District (Clinton County SWCD) and a coalition of partners applied for a grant to create a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for the South Fork Wildcat Creek Watershed (10-digit Hydrologic Unit Code: 0512010703). The proposal was funded in October 2009.

One of the primary objectives of this project is to develop a WMP that will establish a foundation for improving water quality and natural resources throughout the South Fork Wildcat Creek Watershed. An integral part of this initial planning effort is participation from local community members and stakeholders. For this reason, a Steering Committee was formed with representatives from local government, environmental organizations, and residents. These local volunteers provide valuable support in identifying local resource concerns, setting goals and objectives, gathering data, and establishing monitoring strategies for the WMP. Some of the water quality concerns that have already been identified include: impaired biotic communities, high levels of E. coli, elevated concentrations of Atrazine, and low dissolved oxygen levels.

Another important objective of the South Fork Wildcat Creek WMP is to foster a sense of pride in our natural waterways through education and outreach. To protect our local treasures a focused subcommittee has been formed to develop events such as the recent Salvage the South Fork stream cleanup which occurred in September 2010. With the help of 45 hardworking volunteers over 8 tons of trash, metal, and debris were removed from a section of the South Fork Wildcat Creek. Interested residents are always welcomed to join these efforts and help develop local events such as educational field days, workshops, festivals, and gather water quality data. Just give the office a call to talk more about how you can help improve water quality in your community.

The WMP is designed to address water quality and natural resource concerns. This essential planning project provides our community with strategies for implementing conservation programs and educational events in the future. With your help we can improve our natural resources and preserve the natural beauty of the South Fork Wildcat Creek Watershed for future generations.

The South Fork Wildcat Creek Watershed Partnership meet approximately once a month to discuss updates to the Watershed Management Plan and upcoming events. These meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in finding out when our next meeting will be held you can either check the Clinton Co. SWCD calendar or contact the office at (765) 659-1223 x.3.

"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value"

Theodore Roosevelt

The Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District publish the Conservation Newsletter. Click here to get access to the most current issue as well as past copies!

This project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement C600E720-01 to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The content does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

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