WRWP Partners

Red-tail Conservancy The Red-tail Conservancy preserves, protects, and restores natural areas and farm land in East Central Indiana while increasing awareness of our natural heritage. This not-for-profit land trust focuses on five counties to provide land conservation options to individual landowners. They also partner with local governments in restoration projects while providing land stewardship activities and education for these communities. Since 1999, the Red-tail Conservancy has protected nearly 2000 acres of natural areas and farm land and is committed for greater conservation efforts in the future.

Delaware County Office of Geographic Information
The Delaware County Office of Geographic Information manages the county’s Geographic Information System (GIS). There goals are to maintain and update the county’s GIS information databases, deliver this data to the public, private sectors, and government agencies, and to provide consulting and application development for projects in the area. This data and assistance aids in making informed decisions and create effective developments.

Upper White River Watershed Alliance
The Upper White River Watershed Alliance (UWRWA) is a 16-county organization of local governments, industry, utilities, universities, and agricultural and the regional communities that exists to improve and protect water quality on the watershed basins in the larger Upper White River Region. This organization works to better understand regional water quality patterns and target areas for restoration or protection. The UWRWA pursues efforts to synthesize existing data to better understand some of the social drivers that are affecting land use change on the larger scale. This alliance works together to protect vital water resources and pool their financial and technical resources.

The Muncie Sanitary District : (Bureau of Water Quality) (2)
The Muncie Sanitary District: Bureau of Water Quality’s vision is to become the principal regional watershed leader by creating resources, educational programs and partnerships, that promote, protect, and enhance the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of the White River ecosystem.

Delaware County Department of Stormwater Management
The Delaware County Department of Stormwater Management’s vision is to create resources, educational programs and partnerships, that promote, protect, and enhance the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of the White River ecosystem by maintaining and promoting proper stormwater techniques.

Ball Brothers Foundation
The Ball Brothers Foundation is an independent, private, family philanthropic organization that is dedicated to improve the quality of life by building communities. This organization funds and supports these efforts through thoughtful and thorough examination and action. The Foundation supports and applauds efforts to educate and participate in sound conservation practices, data gathering, and support of agricultural processes and other land usages that work in the balance with a healthy economy and environment.

Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District provides information about soil, water, and related natural resource conservation; identifies and prioritizes local soil and water resource concerns; and connects land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.

Prairie Creek: Reservoir & Park
Prairie Creek Reservoir is a man-made reservoir that provides resources for Delaware County through water, recreation, habitat, and education. The reservoir is owned by the Indiana-American Water Company and the lands around it are managed by the City of Muncie Parks and Recreation Department. The reservoir is a secondary drinking water supply for the City of Muncie, in that during periods of low-flow, water is released from the reservoir into the White River, the primary water supply for Muncie.

Ball State Natural Resources Club
The Natural Resources Club participates in activities to improve the environment. Their efforts in the past have included: reservoir clean-up and water quality improvement, streambed restoration and stabilization, wetland restoration and delineation, rain barrel workshop, educational programs, and much more. The Natural Resource Club’s mission statement is: “students concerned with the preservation and conservation of the natural world. We seek to raise environmental awareness and concern.”

Ball State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State University promotes the advancement of the educational, professional, and social interest of being stewards of the land.

Ball State Department of Biology
The Department of Biology at Ball State University promotes exploration, research, and study of nature and life.

Ball State Landscape Architecture Department
The Department of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University promotes the creation, design, and maintenance of the natural and built environment by creating safe, functional, and sustainable places for everyday life.

Ball State Geological Sciences Department
The Geological Sciences Department at Ball State University promotes the study of the composition of earth, and how best to find, use, and protect its mineral, energy, and water resources.

Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission (DMMPC)
The Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission (DMMPC) plans and approves the structure and infrastructure of the City of Muncie and the unincorporated Delaware County. This organization is responsible for all transportation planning activities.

Minnetrista
Minnetrista is a 40-acre, regional museum campus located along the White River in Delaware County. There mission is to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of East Central Indiana. Minnestrista serves the eight counties of East Central Indiana and beyond. Annual admissions and program participation averages 40,000 visitors, including 11,000 secondary school students. Minnetrista’s wide reach into the regional community, their expertise in educational outreach, and strategic focus on eco-friendly initiatives makes them an organization focused on land and water management and stewardship, history, art, and education.

Randolph County Soil & Water Conservation District
The Randolph County Soil & Water Conservation District provides information about soil, water, and related natural resource conservation; identifies and prioritizes local soil and water resource concerns; and connects land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.

Area Planning Commission of Randolph County
The Area Planning Commission oversees planning and zoning for the county and issuing Improvement Location Permits for new construction.

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Randolph County
The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation’s largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It provides a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across America. Local Extension Services provide information about agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family sciences, economic and community development, and 4-H Youth programs for their particular county.

NRCS- Conservation Implementation Team and District Conservationist
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is dedicated to conserving natural resources on private lands. It was originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service and has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources; ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges. NRCS works with private landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.

Winchester Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Winchester Wastewater Treatment Plant promotes clean and efficient sanitary and storm sewers. The WWTP maintains 10 lift stations and is a 100% separate sanitary sewer system. The Plant uses a Class III conventional activated sludge treatment process.

Farmland Conservation Club
The Farmland Conservation Club participates and promotes activities that will improve the environment. The Club’s mission is to promote healthy environments through preservation, conservation, and educational efforts. They seek to raise environmental awareness and concern about the local environment.

Pheasants Forever
The East Central Indiana Chapter of Pheasants Forever is a unique organization that is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail, and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies, and programs. This organization has coordinated with several state and national agencies in planting habitat plots in several counties in Indiana. They use grassroots methods for fundraising and programming and are focused on improving and maintaining a variety of habitats through action and education.