First Snapshot Monitoring Day a Success!

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 2:34pm

26 teams consisting of over 182 volunteers tested 96 sites in our 246-sq-mile watershed in ONE day for the first annual Snapshot Monitoring Day hosted by The Watershed Foundation!

 “It was a beautiful day and it was wonderful to see so many people working for the betterment of our watersheds. Thank you to all who helped to make this day a huge success,” said Dr. Terry Frederick, TWF board President.

The sites were spread throughout Kosciusko, Noble and Whitley Counties and tested in one afternoon! Citizen Scientists monitored temperature, dissolved oxygen, and transparency at local sites. The samples were then brought back to the three staging sites at The Crooked Lake Biological Center, The North Webster Community Center and The Center Lake Pavilion in Warsaw. Further tests included nitrate, phosphate, e.coli and pH levels. The valuable data collected by Snapshot Day volunteers will be used to drive action for clean water! 

“This data will be evaluated and shared to protect our lakes and make them healthier for today and the future,” explained Lyn Crighton TWF’s Executive Director. “We test the streams that come into the lakes because the pollution begins in the watershed. We can work with landowners to stop pollution at its source on the land before it reaches our lakes.”Snapshot Day volunteers monitored sites from wetlands - to large streams - to small ditches through culverts on county roads. Sites were previously assessed for their safety and difficulty to access.

“Everything was absolutely wonderful!” exclaimed North Webster Staging Site volunteer Nancy Brown.

Special thanks to our generous event funders:  the K21 Health Foundation, Arrowhead RC&D, and KEYS- a program of the Kosciusko Community Foundation. We would not be able to accomplish this event without our special partners either, including the Clean Waters Partnership, Kosciusko Co. Soil and Water Conservation District, Washington STEM Academy, North Webster Elementary School, Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, and IPFW.TWF was founded 

in 1997 to protect and improve water quality in the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed; spanning from Crooked Lake in Whitley County to the Warsaw-Winona area. Over the past 20 years, TWF has worked with farmers and lake residents to implement over 200 water quality improvement projects. In the last four years alone, these efforts have prevented over 815 million pounds of weeds and algae from growing in area lakes and streams.