The Wawasee watershed is fragile. The smallest actions – on land and water – can have a great and lasting impact on the quality of water in the watershed. Boats, shoreline development, and even the plants and animals on the land can have a negative effect on water quality. Remaining a good steward of this important resource requires a full understanding of the threats and corrective actions necessary to minimize negative impact on the watershed.
Sediment and nutrients (namely phosphorus and nitrates) and pathogens (primarily E. coli) are currently present in the lakes and streams of the Wawasee Area Watershed. They compromise the health, aesthetics, and recreational value of our lakes and streams. They are the result of human actions. Although some of these threats can be treated and neutralized, some change the lake forever.
Toxic, blue-green algae is just one example. This dangerous algae can sicken and kill fish and other animals, and is dangerous to humans.