FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cindy Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (513)695-2530 (office)
Amanda McKay, email@example.com, (937) 416-6906
25K Awarded to Develop Water Quality Protection Plans for Caesar Creek Watershed
12/07/2020 Clinton, Greene, Warren County, Ohio – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 25k to the Caesar Creek Collaborative (CCC) to develop plans, called Nine-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies or NPS-IS, that will outline water quality needs in the Caesar Creek Watershed that includes parts of Greene, Clinton and Warren County. “Greene County is a major part of this watershed. Greene SWCD is very excited to be a part of this project to protect such an important scenic river, lake, and drinking water source,” stated Amanda McKay, District Administrator of the Greene Soil and Water Conservation District.
“NPS-IS plans summarize causes and sources of impairment, establish areas of need, identify objectives to address causes and sources of impairment, and describes projects designed to meet those objectives. The NPS-IS plans that are developed will help to maintain and improve water quality in the area into the future,” said Molly Conley, Director of the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The CCC whose mission is, to improve and protect the water and soil quality in the Caesar Creek Lake and surrounding watershed, has members from local non-profits, governmental agencies, universities and colleges, local citizens, agricultural producers and other interested members from the Southwest Ohio area.
“Just like Governor Mike DeWine set water quality as a top priority for Ohio, the CCC is focusing on water quality as an ongoing effort. We know that water quality improvements can make a difference when local efforts are paired with a larger scale vision. When water quality is analyzed on a watershed scale and collaborators come together, goals and targets can be aligned with larger downstream water bodies and change can really become effective,” stated Conley.
The NPS-IS plans will identify projects in the watershed that will address and ultimately affect the water quality priorities that are characterized by the NPS-IS plans. These voluntary projects will allow producers and area residents to establish conservation practices on their property at little to no cost if/when federal and/or state monies become available.
Some of these projects might include, reestablishing riparian corridors and wetlands, building grassed waterways, filter buffers, filter strips, drainage water management structures and manure storage structures.
If you are interested in learning more about the CCC or wish to become involved with the Collaborative, please visit the website hosted by Warren SWCD http://warrenswcd.com/watershed-work.html.