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Where Does Your Water Shed?
For release Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Indianapolis - Where Does Your Water Shed? is a question asked by the leaders of the Indiana Conservation Partners (ICP) at the kick off to Stewardship Week today at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The group (made up of eight conservation agencies and organizations) assembled at the Pathway to Water Quality on the fairgrounds where for the past 20 years they have educated fairgoers about the personal actions each of us can take daily to improve water quality here in Indiana. 


The event included a proclamation signed by Governor Mike Pence declaring April 28 - May 5, 2013 Indiana's Stewardship Week. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 58th national Stewardship celebration


"We are at Pathway today to call attention to the fact that clean water is important to everyone, "said Roger Kult, Acting State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and one of the members of the ICP. Kult goes on to say, "Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state and national boundaries.  Every inch of the land in Indiana is part of a watershed. No matter where you are right now, you are in a watershed."


As part of the 20 year anniversary of Pathway, the ICP is planning a
Pond planting zone
Pond Restoration Project
Planting Zones:    
A - Lilly or Pickerelweed
B - Blue Flag Iris, Woolgrass, Arrow  Arum 
C - Cardinal Flower, Lizards Tail 
D - Lizards Tail, Great Blue Lobelia, Blue Flag Iris
E - Woolgrass 
 F - Blue Flag Iris 
G - Bristly Sedge 
H -  Any Extras, Lizards Tail, Cardinal Flower
 A larger graphic of the pond is available.
restoration project on one of the ponds as a model to show land owners what can be done using native plants in or near a water feature. 


Jennifer Boyle Warner, executive director for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, said,"Stewardship week gives us an opportunity to focus on important ideas that can change our world." Boyle Warner adds, "less than one percent of all of the water on our planet is fresh water. The average citizen in the United States uses 125 gallons of water every day; and this does not include the water it takes to manufacture the automobiles, clothing, and food we depend on each and every day.  We want each person to know they can make a difference!"


The leaders of the ICP encourage you to visit Pathway to Water Quality at this year's Indiana State Fair and take time to learn about your local community water supply sources, and volunteer for river, stream or beach clean-up days. 


To learn more about Pathway visit our website. To learn more about your local watershed, including an app for your computer and smart phone, visit: www.epa.gov/mywaterway 


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Becky Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, USDA NRCS 317-372-9153


DeeDee Sigler, Communications Manager, IASWCD 317-431-6098  

Indiana Conservation Partnership

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