WACF honored by WPOA

WACF honored by WPOA 

At the recent Wawasee Property Owners Association meeting aboard the SS Lillypad, the WACF was awarded the annual WPOA Chief’s award.  The award reads: ‘It is with extreme appreciation that the WPOA conveys the Chief Award to:  WACF recognizing your unending generosity and dedication to making sure that Lake Wawasee continues to be the Premier Lake in all of Indiana.’

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Highlights from the 2016 Annual Meeting

cattail awardsWACF presents Cattail Awards 

The WACF honored Rob DeBeck and Jerry Riffle at the July annual meeting with the WACF Cattail award for outstanding service and contributions to the health of the watershed.  WACF chairman Joan Szynal (center) presented the award to Rob (left) and Jerry (right).

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

2016 Spring Newsletter

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WACF Earth Day Celebration 2016

WACF Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day-13Community residents from 1 to 91 years old gathered on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day with the WACF. After a short, educational presentation by WACF board member, Pam Schumm; some attendees took a short nature walk on the WACF trails or created wildflower “seed bombs”

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WACF Acquires New Property

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2016 – Recently, the WACF has acquired the waterfront property located east of the Wawasee-to-Syracuse Lake main channel and across the road from the Channel Marker restaurant. This beautiful location was for decades the Searfoss family homestead. The property will now be known as “WACF Between-the-Lakes.”

“WACF Between-the-Lakes” is approximately seven acres with nearly 1,600 feet of water frontage adjoining the crucial Mud Lake wetlands.

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Non-Profit / Service Organization of the Year Award

Pam-HeatherChamberAwardsOn January 26th, 2016, the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet. WACF was surprised and honored when we were awarded the Non-Profit / Service Organization of the Year award. Accepting for the WACF was executive director Heather Harwood. In addition, WACF board member and chairman of the Education committee,

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Fall 2015 Newsletter

2015 Fall Newsletter

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Starry Stonewort in Syracuse Lake – Spring 2015

Syracuse spring 2015 SSW locations Wawasee spring 2015 EWM distribution Wawasee spring 2015 SSW locations

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Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan 2014

Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan

This report was funded by the IDNR through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. It summarizes exotic plant management efforts on Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake. These lakes are located in Kosciusko County, Indiana near the town of Syracuse.

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Spring 2015 Newsletter

2015 Spring Newsletter

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Fall 2014 Newsletter

2014 Fall Newsletter

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

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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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Spring 2012 Newsletter

Final Spring 2012 Newsletter

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Fall 2011 Newsletter

Fall Newsletter FINAL 2011

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Village Lake Tributary Stream Stabilization As-Built Engineering Design Report

Click here and read “Village Lake Tributary Stream Stabilization As-Built Engineering Design Report”

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Oakwood Group Pier Application

Oakwood Group Pier Application for 248 boat slips by Buckingham Co.

WACF’s primary concern is water quality and the ecological issues affecting Conklin Bay as a result of the installation of the group piers.  We have had numerous scientific studies of this area completed including Conklin Bay (Diagnostic Feasibility Study by Commonwealth Biomonitoring,

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WACF Education Center Enhanced Wetland

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Kayak Stroll

Kayak Stroll

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Annual Meeting Announcment

Dear Friends of WACF: Please join us for the….

WACF Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 20, 2011, 8-10am
WACF Education Center
11586 N. SR 13, Syracuse, IN

Continental Breakfast at 8am and Annual Update at 8:45am. Rod Edgell from the DNR Lake and River Enhancement is our guest speaker to discuss treatment and control of the invasive weed Starry Stonewort.

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REVISED ANNUAL MEETING PRESENTATION

For the health and safety of everyone, the WACF Board of Directors has cancelled the public meeting of the WACF *ANNUAL LAKE CELEBRATION & BRUNCH, *scheduled for Saturday, July 25th, 10:30 AM at the WACF Education Center.
In its place, the Board of Directors will attend the WACF ANNUAL MEETING, on Saturday, July 25, in-person, and socially-distanced, at the Ruddell Pavilion and the Jorgensen Amphitheater at the WACF Center. Board members and staff may also attend remotely.
The agenda for the Annual Meeting will include: a presentation by Dr. Jerry Sweeten, Ecosystems Connections Institute, on initial research and findings from the first year of the Wawasee Inlets Nutrient Study (WINS), the WACF Cattail Awards, recognizing exceptional commitment to the
enhancement of water quality in the Wawasee Area Watershed, and a salute to WACF volunteers.
Highlights of the Annual Meeting will be made available via remote
live-streaming or on the WACF YouTube Channel. Details on internet access of the meeting will be posted on www.wacf.com and WACF Facebook page.


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Key WACF Acquisition

After a full 20 years of negotiations with the property owner, WACF has acquired what is arguably their most important property. The Turkey Creek Inlet Preserve (across from Runaway Bay) filters the approximately 43% of water flowing into Lake Wawasee. Please take a few minutes to listen to Tom Yoder explain the importance of this property to Lake Wawasee.


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….