SEELEYVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) Is there dangerous bacteria living in your water or even in your soil? A new Wabash Valley watershed group says there is and they are working on a solution.
“E-coli is a definitely a concern most of the sites tested on the (Otter Creek) stream have higher than standard E-coli readings. That’s pretty common throughout the state,” Josh Brosmer from the Indiana Department of Environment Management said.
It might be usual for rivers in Indiana to have E-coli. But that doesn’t make waterways like Otter Creek completely safe.
In fact, for close to 13 years whether you knew it or not, Otter Creek has been on Indiana’s contaminated water list.
“It comes from many different things. It can come from septic tanks that aren’t maintained. It can come from farm fields. It can come from many different sources. It can come from people spreading nitrates and fertilizers on their front lawn,” John Allen Supervisor from Vigo County’s Soil and Water Conservation District said.
How does this could affect your family?
The watershed isn’t just the areas near otter creek. It actually spreads into parts of Vigo, Clay, and Parke counties; which can contaminate your soil and possibly groundwater.
“(Tuesday) we are having the initial steering committee meeting its actually just getting public opinion on how we are going to continue with the 319 grant that we are filing to form the watershed,” Allen explained.
The grant would give property owners in the watershed funds to help stop contamination. From updating septic systems, to changing some farming and fertilizing practices.
Which is why Tuesday’s meeting gave land owners a chance to explain their concerns.
“If the community is actually involved and gets behind us. We’ll actually get the money to actually educate more people so we can actually reduce those levels in the otter creek,” Allen said.