In 2010, a group of individuals came forward to take action to prevent impairments of the Indian-Kentuck Watershed. Later, the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded a 205(j) grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to study the watershed.
Local landowners, Jefferson, Ripley, and Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with the help of Historic Hoosier Hills were key to the success of being awarded the grant to develop a Plan of Action and Scope of Work for the Indian-Kentuck Watershed Management Plan.
The Watershed Management Plan will provide essential tools and develop a set of indicators for the watershed. The Indian-Kentuck Watershed has a total of 97,822 acres with Jefferson County having the majority with 65,532 acres, Ripley county has 20,077 acres, and Switzerland has 12,213 acres.