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April 25, 2019

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Blanchard River Watershed implementation plan gets EPA okay

The Blanchard River Watershed has received word that the U.S. EPA in Chicago has given final approval to the nine element non-point source implementation strategy plan (NPS-IS Plan) written for The Outlet-Blanchard River watershed in Hardin and Wyandot County.

The EPA requires that there be an approved NPS-IS Plan written for each 12-digit HUC watershed before that watershed can receive federal funding. There are 30 HUC-12 watersheds in the Blanchard River Watershed.

The nine element NPS-IS Plans replace the Watershed Action Plans (WAP) that were required before 2017. The WAP were written at the HUC-10 level. The map attached shows the location of the Tiderishi Creek watershed in the Blanchard River Watershed.

One of the goals of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is to get approval for at least two NPS-IS Plan each year.

The BRWP represents the six counties of the Blanchard River Watershed and is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving water quality through developing citizen involvement and watershed action plans. Volunteers are welcome to join activities at any time. Learn more about the Blanchard River on the BRWP website at www.BlanchardRiver.org.