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What We Do

Promoting healthy water and productive land for today and for the future

The Watershed Foundation (TWF) was established in 1997 to protect and improve water quality in the Tippecanoe River Watershed, which includes over 60 lakes in parts of Kosciusko, Whitley and Noble counties. 76% of the land use is agricultural. Both healthy soils and clean water are important to our community! TWF’s Soil Health Initiative and Technical Assistance Programs aim to increase land productivity, decrease production costs, and keep nutrients where they belong – on the land, not in the water.

Soil Health Initiative
The best results come from collaboration. Along with education of community members and lakeside landowners, we want to work with you. Our conservationists will help improve your soil health, your land’s profitability, as well as water quality through adoption of conservation systems and permanent projects. Soil Health Initiative focuses on a complete conservation system that including these core practices:

• Continuous no-till planting
• Cover crops after grain crops
• Advanced chemical management
• Conservation buffer practices
• Engineering permanent projects

Technical Assistance
TWF has three experienced conservationists available to visit properties with landowners to look at any resource concerns or problems and evaluate soil health and the conditions of all natural resources. These visits are free of charge, informal, and will result in no commitment from the landowner unless you wish to enter into an agreement for cost-share assistance with TWF.

Funding Available:
• Up to 80% cost-share available.
• At least 20% of cost must be provided by the landowner or other private, non-federal source.

Requirements:
• Land must be located in the Tippecanoe River Watershed.
• Landowner will maintain practice according to contract agreement.