Protecting water quality through nutrient and sediment management is not only important for the health of our watershed, but also improves the health and productivity of our soil. Learn more about the work being done to improve our water quality, how you can help, and stories from local farmers below.
Learn More About Your Watershed
East Branch Little Calumet River Story Map
Learn about the history, challenges, and conservation efforts on the East Branch Little Calumet River and its surrounding watershed. At one time among the most polluted rivers in the world, organizations like Shirley Heinze and our partners are working hard to protect this unique waterway and the habitats it supports.
Water Quality Work
Porter County Water Quality Work
The Porter County SWCD began surface water monitoring in the East Branch of the Little Calumet river in 2016 to evaluate the relationship between land management and surface water nutrient chemistry. Click the link below to learn more about the Porter County SWCD and thier work with water quality.
Best Management Practices
And What You Can Do
Partners in Water Quality Work
Interview with Valparaiso Farmer Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy, a Northwest Indiana farmer, partners with Shirley Heinze Land Trust on the Agricultural Land Program. Murphy generously offered to sit down with us to answer any questions we (and our social media followers) had about what farming looks like in Valparaiso and the greater Northwest Indiana region.
Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District: Partnerships Make an Impact
Learn more at the link below about the work that the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District is doing with their cover crop cost share program, water quality monitoring program, and elementary classroom program.