Rain Garden Workshop
Several SWCDs, the Indiana Conservation Partnership Training and Certification Program and other local agencies and sponsors have organized a Rain Garden Workshop, presented by Rusty Schmidt (co-author of Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens) in several locations throughout the state during the week of October 21. Please see the flyer for more information and locations. Specific information for each location is available from the noted SWCD for that day.
For more information see: Raingarden Flyer.pdf
Money and Training Available for Healthy Lakeshores
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2013
North Webster, Indiana –
The Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation (TWF) is offering grants of up to $2,000 to homeowners for shoreline projects that improve water quality, improve shoreline habitat, reduce erosion, or reduce runoff. TWF plans to award 15-20 grants through the Healthy Shorelines Initiative in 2013-2014 to eligible projects such as stone re-facing of concrete seawalls, lake-friendly landscaping, new stone seawalls, and bioengineered seawalls. A free educational shoreline workshop will also be offered.
TWF has launched this program in order to improve the health of shorelines and lakes throughout the Upper Tippecanoe River watershed. This year’s grants are funded by a grant awarded to TWF by the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. In 2010, the EPA released a report on the National Lakes Assessment, which showed that 44% of the nation’s lakes are in poor biological condition, with poor lakeshore habitat being the biggest problem.
Lyn Crighton, Executive Director of the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation explains, “It is normal on most of our lakes to see a mowed lawn up to the edge of a concrete seawall. What we want to encourage are more natural solutions to shoreline stabilization. Healthy shorelines (and adjacent lawns) have an abundance of native plants both on the land and in the water.”
Native plants work to filter pollutants from runoff, deter nuisance wildlife such as Mute Swans and Canada Geese, stabilize the shoreline, and slow wave action. Lakes with healthy native plant populations spend much less money on invasive weed treatment, have fewer problems with nuisance wildlife, and generally have clearer water. Glacial stone (or rock) seawalls are an improvement over concrete because they provide stabilization to the shoreline while minimizing wave action. They also will deter muskrat destruction.
Homeowners often worry that a natural shoreline will look messy, but with proper planning a natural shoreline can be an incredibly beautiful low-maintenance landscape feature without interfering with recreation.
The TWF Healthy Shoreline Initiative grants will help homeowners create healthy shorelines in the Upper Tippecanoe River watershed. The application deadline is October 1. All projects must be located within the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed and the applicant must pay at least 25% of the total project cost.
For more information and to apply for a grant, visit www.TippecanoeWatershed.org (click on Take Action) or contact Wendi Tomasik, TWF Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574/834-3242.
Example Areas Eligible for Healthy Shoreline Initiative Funding:
Backwater Lake (Kosciusko County)
Barbee Chain of Lakes (Kosciusko County)
Big Lake (Noble County)
Crooked Lake (Noble/Whitley County)
Goose Lake (Whitley County)
Loon Lake (Noble/Whitley County)
New Lake (Whitley County)
Troy Cedar (Whitley County)
Old (Whitley County)
Ridinger Lake (Kosciusko County)
Shoe Lake (Kosciusko County)
Smalley Lake (Noble County)
Stanton Lake (Kosciusko County)
Lake Tippecanoe (Kosciusko County)
Webster (Kosciusko County)
Town of North Webster (Kosciusko County)
Free Public Workshop on Healthy Shorelines and Lakescaping
Anyone with an interest in healthy lakes, lawns, and water quality is invited to attend a free workshop. Nathan Thomas from the IDNR Division of Fish and Wildlife will present information, provide photos, and bring hands-on examples to explain what healthy shorelines are, how they benefit our lakes, what they entail, how much they cost, and how to maintain them. Mr. Thomas will discuss glacial stone seawalls, bioengineered seawalls, lake-friendly landscaping (including shoreline buffers), and the placement of glacial stone in front of current concrete seawalls.
Thursday, September 12 (6:00pm – 7:30pm) - North Webster Community Center, Party Room
Healthy Shorelines reduce wave action, provide habitat for aquatic animals, keep geese and swans off your lawn, and reduce pollution in the lake. Residents are encouraged to help protect and improve their lakes with healthier shorelines and lawns.
“Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring” Training Workshop
Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 9:00-12:00.
The Indiana Clean Lakes Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program will be offering an aquatic invasive plant monitoring program, “Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring.” The information gathered through this program will help maintain a record of aquatic vegetation (native and invasive) as well as provide an early warning for new invasive plants on our lakes.
We will be hosting training workshops that provide classroom and field experience needed to conduct vegetation surveys and identify both native and invasive plants. The workshop will be held at the Pretty Lake Conservation Club, located at 4410 South 890 East, Wolcottville, IN. This is a requirement to participate in the program. Everyone (current and new volunteers) is welcome and multiple volunteers per lake are encouraged.
Please register by August 27th by emailing Sarah Powers at Indianaclp@gmail.com with your name, contact information, and lake or call (812)855-1600. You can find more information on our website at www.indiana.edu/~clp . We appreciate all of your efforts on behalf of Indiana lakes and hope to see you there!
The Indiana Clean Lakes Program is administered through the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and sponsored by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The Indiana Watershed Leadership Program offers free webinars so you can learn at your convenience and save time and money on travel. Enjoy learning without leaving your office. The free monthly webinar series for 2013 included a webinar by Indiana Clean Lakes Program Director, Melissa Clark, "Limnology 101: A Brief Introduction". A link to her webinar as well as the current schedule of upcoming webinars can be found on their website by following the link above.