(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Protecting the drinking water used by 50,000 Dearborn County residents is the aim of a new federally required water management plan.
Citizens are invited to a meeting about water quality in Dearborn County Monday evening in Lawrenceburg. It begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Dearborn Adult Center, 311 West Tate Street. A presentation of the plan will be followed by a question and answer session.
With today’s plan more than 30 years old, the county is in the process of creating a new water quality management plan required by the federal Clean Water Act.
According to the Dearborn County Planning Department, of Dearborn County’s 700 linear miles of rivers and streams, about 67 do not comply with state and federal water quality standards.
Now work is being done to help make that nearly 10 percent of the county’s waterways suitable for fishing, recreation, and wildlife habitat. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments was given a grant last year to update water plans in the region.
The study for Dearborn County will look at current water quality problems, population trends, future land usage, and indentify which wastewater management entities serve which areas. One of the main goals is to prevent duplication of efforts by sewer agencies.
Officials note that the study will not perform water quality monitoring, identify site-specific causes of water pollution, change state laws requiring sewer hook-ups within reach of a centralized system, or provide funding for water pollution controls.
An OKI study committee could finalize a plan by July and send it to the organization’s executive committee for a vote. It would then be submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The proposed plan and a survey can be viewed online at www.dearborncounty.org/waterplan.