WINONA LAKE — Center for Lakes & Streams staff and research assistants attended the 28th Annual Indiana Lakes Management Society Conference March 11-12, at Swan Lake Resort. Eighteen Grace College students attended the conference in all.
Attending the conference provided the opportunity for research assistants and staff at the center to share the findings and research from recent studies with Indiana government employees, other nonprofit organizations and lake enthusiasts. Some of the topics shared at the conference:
- Annual economic impact of lakes in Kosciusko County, Indiana: Research Assistant Seth Bingham presented a study highlighting the economic and monetary impacts of the more than 100 lakes in Kosciusko County. This study found that lakes in the county are a large economic driver and protecting our lakes is not only an environmental issue, but an economic issue. The full study will be released and available on its website late next month.
- Exploring water quality trends in Kosciusko County lakes over the last 100 years: Director Dr. Nate Bosch shared a study profiling historical trends and studies conducted on Kosciusko County lakes over the last 100 years. This study looked at recent trends in a greater historical context, current and historical lake issues, and implications for the future.
- Investigating a relationship between nutrient levels and heavy rainfall in streams around Syracuse, Winona and Wawasee lakes: Research Assistant Stephen Becker gave a presentation concerning how heavy rainfall, specifically that experienced in summer 2015, affects and impacts nutrient levels in local lakes. This study is yet ongoing, but data collected over the last four years may offer insights concerning lake-related issues caused by rainfall quantities.
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