The Phosphorus Reduction Reimbursement Program is now available in critical areas throughout Eastern Allen County within the Upper Maumee watershed. Grant funds provided to the SWCD from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management are available to participants in the project on a per acre basis.
If you have farm land in the Upper Maumee targeted watersheds: Black Creek, Marsh Ditch, Six-Mile Creek, Trier Ditch, and Bottern Ditch, you may be eligible to participate in this project (See Map).
This pilot program is designed to help farmers keep phosphorus on their fields. The main factors that determine a farm’s risk of losing phosphorus include soil type, how close or connected a field is to surface water, slope of the field, soil permeability, soil Phosphorus test results, amount of fertilizer applied, time of fertilizer application, and fertilizer
placement. While some of these factors cannot be controlled by producers, those that can provide a great opportunity for small changes that could result in big improvements both for the bottom line and for water quality. (See Phosphorus Risk Index Calculator)
Producers may be eligible for reimbursement payments for applied conservation practices such as cover crops, blind inlets, and more.
Please contact Kate Sanders or Greg Lake at the Allen County SWCD office at (260)484-5848 ext. 3, if you are interested in learning more about this exciting new program.