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About the Clean Lakes Program

The Indiana Clean Lakes Program was created in 1989 as a program within the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's (IDEM) Office of Water Management. The program is administered through a grant to Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) in Bloomington. The Indiana Clean Lakes Program is a comprehensive, statewide public lake management program having five components:

  1. Public Information and Education
    • Produce and distribute the quarterly Water Column newsletter
    • Sponsor the annual Indiana Lake Management Conference
    • Prepare informational brochures
    • Prepare lake assessment reports
    • Conduct training and informational workshops

  2. Technical Assistance
    • Assist lake associations with interpreting water quality data
    • Attend lake association meetings
    • Present programs to lake associations

  3. Volunteer Lake Monitoring
    • Citizen volunteers monitor water transparency on 80 Indiana lakes
    • Volunteers in an expanded program collect monthly samples for total phosphorus and chlorophyll a analysis

  4. Lake Water Quality Assessment
    • Conduct routine assessments of water quality on Indiana lakes
    • Identify regional and/or temporal patterns in lake data
    • Identify lake conditions that warrant further attention

  5. Coordination with Other State and Federal Lake Programs
    • Work with other state and federal agencies to coordinate efforts and enhance the protection of Indiana lakes
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School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University

Indiana Department of Environmental

Director: Melissa Clark IDEM Office of Water Quality
Telephone: (812) 855-6905 Telephone: (317) 232-8603
Fax: (812) 855-7802 Fax: (317) 233-6647
Indiana University
SPEA 460
1315 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN. 47405-1701

Indiana Government Center North
100 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN. 46206

e-mail: mlaney@indiana.edu

e-mail: info@idem.in.gov