Indiana's Nutrient Reduction Strategy
The State Nutrient Reduction Strategy (SNRS) is the product of an inclusive effort of the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) under the leadership of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to capture statewide, present and future endeavors in Indiana which positively impact the State’s waters as well as gauge the progress of conservation, water quality improvement and soil health practice adoption in Indiana.
The SNRS represents Indiana’s commitment to reduce nutrient runoff into waters from point sources and non-point sources alike. The objectives of this strategy include:
- Acknowledgment of the challenges facing the improvement of Indiana’s impaired waters;
- Involvement and engagement of stakeholders in the state’s efforts to reduce nutrient loads;
- Prioritization of HUC 8 watersheds and first-round HUC 12 watersheds;
- Discussion of water quality monitoring and regulatory control of point sources;
- The inventory and utilization of resources to achieve their highest impact on nutrient reduction;
- Encouragement of voluntary incentive based conservation through the many state and federal water quality related programs.
- To illustrate the means by which the state will provide reports and accountability of assisted conservation practices reported by staff in the Indiana Conservation Partnership.
The SNRS serves as a renewed effort to encourage outreach and education to conservation partnerships and the public regarding stewardship of Indiana’s waters. This strategy acknowledges that while the potential to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus entering our waters is great, the achievement of these objectives is dependent upon the cooperation of state, federal and local organizations and initiatives, positively changing individuals’ behavior via understanding their motivations, as well as many other complex factors, including the location and nature of conservation practices on productive agricultural ground and other rural best management practices (BMPs) such as filter strips, buffers and managed drainage. Septic system management, appropriate residential fertilizer applications, erosion control at construction sites, and urban BMPs, such as green infrastructure, will be key to controlling nutrient runoff. As such, there will always be a need for continued efforts in conservation, education, outreach and research in order to maintain progress.
The Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) aims to provide technical, financial and educational assistance to Hoosiers working to positively impact our soil and water resources. The ICP provides expertise to landowners and leverages both state and federal funds to put conservation on the ground in the form of Best Management Practices and technologies. Below are links to the ICP’s achievements across the state for 2015, including the conservation workload of the partnership as a whole, as well as the resulting annual nutrient and sediment load reductions, which illustrate the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and topsoil that are kept out of Indiana’s waterways.
- 2016 ICP Conservation Accomplishments
- Supporting Tabular Data for 2016 ICP Conservation Accomplishments
- Methodology - USEPA Region 5 Load Reduction Modeling of Completed Conservation Practices in Indiana
- 2016 ICP Conservation Accomplishments Poster
2016 Cumulative Nutrient Load Reductions in Significant Watersheds and Waterbodies
ISDA appreciates receiving feedback regarding the State Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Please email your comments to ISDANutrientReduction@isda.in.gov