Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recently awarded $350,000 in Clean Water Indiana Grants.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture -- Division of Soil Conservation (ISDA-DSC) and the State Soil Conservation Board (SCB) selected Clay County as a 2008 recipient.
Clay County will receive two grants totaling $12,000 to support nutrient and sediment reduction.
"These grants show a true investment in Indiana's environment and public health," Skillman said. "Focusing these funds on conservation will help our state remain an attractive place for families to live and businesses to grow."
Clay County was awarded a $10,000 Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Grant. The State Soil Conservation Board approved 23 applications for the grant. The grant supports innovative district single-year projects that address sediment and nutrient reduction within a budget of $3,000-$10,000.
"I am pleased that so many districts continue to use Clean Water Indiana grants to further conservation in Indiana," Indiana Agriculture Director Andy Miller said. "This is the first year the Clean Water Indiana grants required districts to focus on one specific conservation issue. We are certain this consistent statewide effort will create tremendous impact on our conservation efforts and awareness."
Clay County will also receive the new Conservation Marketing Initiative Grant, which offers $2,000 to market the adoption of local sediment and nutrient management practices.
More than 82 districts applied for and received the new grant, including 21 that applied the first time.
Through the initiative, the district agrees to host an education event, send out event promotional materials and follow up with farmers and landowners. As a result of the program, districts will host 103 events promoting nutrient and sediment reduction throughout the state.
"All the grant applicants showed a true conservation commitment," State Soil Conservation Board President Nola Gentry said.
"We were especially pleased with the response to our new Conservation Marketing Initiative Grant and that districts who have never applied before participated and will receive grant monies."