Yearly Archives: 2013

Fall 2013 Newsletter

Fall-2013-Newsletter

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Boating In Shallow Water Harming Lakes

Deb Patterson

Boats specialized for wakeboarding and surfing create large wakes and need to be operated in deeper water

Skiing, wake boarding and now surfing are popular sports on the area lakes. Specialty boats, to create the wakes for wake boarding and surfing,

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Get Optimum Performance, Go In Deeper Water

Deb Patterson

“I tell them if they are surfing or wakeboarding go no shallower than 10 feet (of water),” said Preston Schenkel, salesman at Main Channel Marina and knowledgeable of the new Malibu Wakesetter and other boats used for wakeboarding and surfing.

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Fewer Impacts At 10-Feet Or Deeper

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Deb Patterson

Studies of the effects of motorized watercraft on the aquatic ecosystems by numerous experts in the field have been conducted and written as early as 1976. A majority of the studies were published in the 1990s.

Timothy Asplund,

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

Final Spring 2013 Newsletter

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Expanding Education

education02Because so many threats can be traced to human actions, education plays a significant role in improving and maintaining the future quality of our precious lakes. Education of watershed residents and lake users can have the most significant impact on the present and future water quality throughout the watershed – this education is a primary focus of WACF.

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Land Preservation

The primary mission of WACF is to preserve and enhance water quality, to that end, the long term goal is to acquire wetlands and endangered areas along the shorelines and feeder streams. A study, conducted by Commonwealth Engineering in 1995, has been and continues to be the guidepost for WACF actions and projects. 

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Watershed Projects

Each year, the WACF relies heavily on grants from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Section, to fund studies, construction projects, and regular aquatic weed control programs, which are all aimed at insuring clean water today and for future generations.

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Ritter Branch

After completing projects in Dillon Creek and Village Lake Stream last year, WACF was continued work with the ERRA GLC grant and a new DNR LARE grant at Ritter Branch. Ritter flows into Hindman Lake upstream in the 10-lake chain. The WACF canoe trip travels through Hindman Lake about ½ down the canoe trip trail,

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Thorpe Concept Plan Report

Click here to read the Thorpe Concept Plan Report

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Fall 2012 Newsletter

Final Fall 2012 Newsletter

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New WACF Water Study

WACF is undertaking a new and comprehensive wetland water quality study that will allow us to focus our resources on the most critical hot spots. Read more….


Falltastic Trail Walk 2018

Falltastic Trail Walk 2017

Again this October 20 & 21, the WACF invites you to walk the trails at our beautiful Education Center (SR 13 one mile south of Syracuse).  More info here… 


 

Cattail Awards

Award Winner – Nancy Nelson

At the recent Lake Celebration and WACF Annual Meeting, two Cattail Awards were presented for outstanding environmental service in our watershed. This year the awards were presented to Nancy Nelson and Scott Fetters.


Anderson Farm Tour

We welcomed a special guest at the recent Ag Tour of Anderson Farms. Andrea Keller, the executive director of the Syracuse/Wawasee Chamber of Commerce brought State Representative Curt Nisly. Pictured is WACF executive director Heather Harwood discussing the importance of farming practices to the watershed with Representative Nisly.