Indian-Kentuck Watershed & What it Means to You
In 2010, a group of individuals came forward to take action to prevent impairments of the Indian-Kentuck Watershed and in March 2012 the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District was awarded a 205(j) grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to study the watershed.
Local landowners, Jefferson, Ripley, and Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with the help of Historic Hoosier Hills were key to the success of being awarded the grant to develop a Plan of Action and Scope of Work for the Indian-Kentuck Watershed Management Plan.
The Watershed Management Plan will provide essential tools and develop a set of indicators for the watershed.
The Indian-Kentuck Watershed has a diversity of different topography and land uses. Located in portions of Jefferson, Ripley and Switzerland Counties. The northern area has a significant amount of cropland while the entire sourthern half is used primarily for grassland and has a significant number of livestock.
Land use within the watershed is:
- 15,269 acres of cultivated cropland,
- 11,173 acres of pasture and hayland,
- 64,268 acres of forest, and
The Indian-Kentuck Watershed has a total of 97,822 acres with Jefferson County having the majority of the watershed located within it at 65,532, Ripley County has 20,077 acres and Switzerland with 12,213 acres.