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Protecting Water Quality in Big Pine Creek

January Public Meeting in Pine Village Seeks Input from Local Residents


Pine Village, Indiana | December 05, 2013

Big Pine Creek is the best whitewater stream in Indiana, and one of the best in the Midwest. It is enjoyed locally and regionally for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities, including kayaking and canoeing. It’s only natural that folks in the area want it to remain a recreation magnet.

There will be a public meeting on Thursday, January 9, to learn from local Hoosiers how they’d like to see this important stream protected.

“Big Pine Creek offers endless recreation, and it’s an important tributary to the Wabash River,” said Matt Williams of The Nature Conservancy. “Protecting its water quality is critical for folks along the river, for the plant and animal species that depend upon it for habitat, as well as for everything downstream.”

The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC), Niches Land Trust, the Conservation and Technology Information Center (CTIC), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are leading an effort to develop a plan to protect and improve the water quality in Big Pine Creek and its drainages, including Mud Pine Creek. The first phase of the project includes development of a watershed management plan for the watershed with input from the local community.

These groups want as many people as possible to attend the January 9 meeting. Representatives from WREC, Niches, CTIC, TNC, and several local Soil and Water Conservation Districts will facilitate the meeting to prioritize concerns, determine problem areas, and identify which green practices the public is most interested in installing.

Sara Peel from WREC will provide an overview of the watershed, and will open the floor for comments from the public. The purpose of the public meeting is to seek public input into the project.

“Development of a watershed management plan is an important step in making this project eligible for future funding,” said Peel. “The plan will also offer many opportunities for public involvement, including sampling water quality and inventorying the status of the watershed.”

Once planning is complete, the second phase will include on-the-ground implementation of the recommendations developed during the planning phase, as well as a continuation of monitoring and education efforts. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Those interested in volunteering their time or participating in this project should contact Matt Williams at mwilliams@tnc.org, or Sara Peel at speel@wabashriver.net.

Public Meeting Details
The public meeting will be held Thursday, January 9, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Pine Village Christian Church, 207 S. Jefferson Street, Pine Village, Indiana. Dinner will be provided at 6:00 p.m. by the Hotel Attica.
 


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Contact information

Matt Williams
Eco-Regional Director, The Nature Conservancy
(574) 946-7491
mwilliams@tnc.org


Sara Peel
Watershed Coordinator, Wabash River Enhancement Corporation
(765) 337-9100
speel@wabashriver.net

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