A project aimed at the clean up of the Powell Creek watershed in Defiance and Putnam counties has been extended until June.
The Crescent News reports today that the Powell Creek nutrient reduction project was scheduled to last two years, but now has been extended to June 30. The program began in 2013 and is funded by a $313,000 grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, with the aim of reducing nutrients going into the watershed by using agricultural best management practices. So far, the installed Powell (Creek watershed) practices have reduced nitrogen loadings by approximately 6,539 pounds, phosphorus loadings by 2,795 pounds, and sediment by 285 tons per year.
The Powell Creek nutrient reduction project came about after the OEPA evaluated the biological health and water quality of the watershed, which is classified as a warm water habitat used for primary contact recreation. In 2000, the creek was identified in a total maximum daily load study by the OEPA as an “impaired stream.”