Evening of Learning: Watershed Sampling and Wetlands

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join us for two amazing presentations! 
Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018.
Big Lake Church of God, Corner of SR 109 and CR 600/700
Meet & Greet, light supper ~ 6:30 Program begins @ 7:00
Free and Open to the Public. For More Info, Call 574 - 834-3242

Why Wetlands? 

Our watershed is dotted with natural wetlands. Across Indiana, 85% of our natural wetlands have been drained to facilitate farming , transportation and development. Still, many wetlands remain in northern Indiana. What is the value of our wetlands? Why are they important to our watershed and to clean water in our region and downstream?

Tom Hartzell is coordinator for residential programs and environmental science educator at the Merry Lea Center for Environmental Learning of Goshen College. Merry Lea is a nature sanctuary located near Wolf Lake, Indiana. Most of the habitats found in northeast Indiana are present in the 1,189 acres of Merry Lea. Unique geological features such as peat bogs, a marl pit, and glacial gravel formations are present. Management practices include wetland, prairie and savannah restorations, as well as sustainable agriculture.


Watershed Sampling:Past, Present and Future

water testing lakes warsaw columbia city testing rivers health healthy The Watershed Foundation has been sampling our streams for many years. What do these data tell us about the health of our watershed?

Lyn Crighton has served for 10 years as the Executive Director of The Watershed Foundation where she works to protect and improve the water quality of over 60 lakes and streams in Noble, Whitley, and Kosciusko counties. She enjoys integrating science, education, partnerships, and funding for the benefit of clean water – skills developed in her Masters program at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and in her previous position coordinating the Hoosier Riverwatch volunteer stream monitoring program.