How the Cost-Share Program Works:
The Indian-Kentuck Watershed (IKW) is a voluntary cost-share program is intended to provide landowners with financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices, also known as Best Management Practices (BMP) within the watershed.
The cost-share program will pay up to 60% of the total cost with a $25,000 cap per participant. Reimbursement will follow the installation and approval of the project(s) that landowners install. BMPs have to meet Natural Resources Conservation Service design specifications and installation recommendations and must have a conservation plan developed for their operation. Eligible practices include cover crops, fencing, alternative watering systems, pasture seeding, and more.
How to Apply:
Eligibility: Anyone who tends crop or livestock in the priority area of the Indian-Kentuck Watershed and is interested in encompassing conservation practices into his or her operation. The priority area for the watershed in shown in red and yellow in the map below. Currently, there are no funds available in the green area of the watershed.
Application: All interested parties must submit an application. Applications are available at your local Soil and Water Conservation District in Madison, Vevay, or Versailles or online HERE. Applications can be hand delivered, mailed, faxed or email to the following location:
Ripley County SWCD
Attn: Steve Franklin
1981 S. Industrial Park Rd., Ste. 2
Versailles, IN 47042
Jefferson County SWCD
Attn: Vicki Wehner
3767 W. SR 256
Madison, IN 47250
Switzerland County SWCD
Attn: Cheryl Furnish
105 East Pike Street
Vevay, IN 47043
Deadline: The cost-share program ends on September 1, 2019. All practices must be installed and invoices received by that time.
Qualifying: All applications will be ranked based on proximity to a body of water and potential for reducing sediment, E. Coli and nutrient pollution.