KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Dr. Jennifer Tank, a Galla professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, will be the keynote speaker at the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting. The event will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Champagne Jam, 2517 E. Center St., Warsaw.
Tank specializes in nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers and the influence of human activities on water quality and stream health. Tank and her team, from Tank Lab, have been familiar faces in the county for many years, working on a variety of projects related to two-stage ditches and impacts on water quality.
Initially partnering with The Nature Conservancy on the effects of an experimental two-stage ditch in Kosciusko County, her research was extended through a Conservation Innovation Grant with the SWCD and TNC, opening the door for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant with SWCD and TNC.
Her latest research is measuring impacts of the stacking of conservation practices, specifically two-stage ditches and cover crops. The impacts of this research will have application nationwide.
The annual meeting will also honor several residents in the county for his/her conservation efforts, the appointment of Jon Roberts as a supervisor and the election of a supervisor position on the SWCD board.
Kosciusko County SWCD is one of the most effective districts in Indiana at implementing conservation programs and bringing project monies into the county. News about these projects will be shared at the annual meeting.
Tickets are $15 per person. The deadline for reservations is Feb. 10 and may be made by calling (574) 267-7445, ext. 3 or available from any SWCD Supervisors.