Research Data Proves Wettest June Ever

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — This past June was the wettest June ever recorded for the county’s lakes. On average, before and during June, water clarity in local lakes was the highest, while later in the summer, the clarity decreased substantially. Our center observed this trend in our research results from our local lake sampling as well. Here are the results from just a few of the lakes in our county:

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Registration For Lakes Festival Events Underway

With winter finally over, Kosciusko County residents can finally begin looking forward to summer events including the Lakes Festival. The Northern Indiana Lakes Festival is the region’s largest lake education event. The official website at is being updated daily as we approach the June 6-15 festival dates. There … Read More

KLAS Undergoes Major Rebranding

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – To keep up with program growth, Kosciusko Lakes and Streams was renamed the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College. The renaming was part of a more extensive rebranding effort that included a new website and logo. “Our mission will remain the same: … Read More

Lawn Irrigation Contributed To Low Lake Levels

A research study on Wawasee and Syracuse lake levels during the drought of 2012 has been completed and Kosciusko Lakes and Streams has released its findings. In short, “Lake levels were likely affected by residential irrigation in 2012, though groundwater inputs to the lake likely compensated for some … Read More

WPOA Presents $5,000 Donation To KLAS

Wawasee Property Owners Association’s president Kay Young presented a $5,000 donation to Dr. Nathan Bosch, director of Kosciusko Lakes and Streams on Thursday. The donation from the WPOA will be used by KLAS to further their local educational programs and continue in caring for area lakes. WPOA also … Read More

KLA Discusses Aquatic Ecology At WACF

Kosciusko Leadership Academy met at the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation to learn about Aquatic Ecology in Kosciusko County. Nathan Bosch, Ph.D., director of Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, shared there are 114 lakes In Kosciusko Count including those with two or more acres. There are 106 lakes of 5 … Read More

KLAS Bringing Lakes Into Classrooms

Kosciusko Lakes and Streams Center at Grace College has found a way to connect local students with the lakes that are in their community – by bringing a small part of those lakes into the students classrooms. KLAS sets up aquariums in classrooms so students can get an … Read More

KLAS Grant To Aid In Beach Study

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Kosciusko Lakes and Streams center at Grace College has received a $40,100 grant to conduct an E. coli assessment at the public swimming beaches in Warsaw. The grant was awarded by the K21 Health Foundation. E. coli is a bacteria known to cause … Read More

KLAS Was Focus Of Builders Meeting

Anna Burke, Kosciusko Lakes & Streams program manager, spoke at the General Membership Meeting of the Builders Association Kosciusko Fulton Counties at Champagne Jam. Information was provided on water quality, water in the classrooms project, lake water testing, and landscaping with natural plants. Members were given the 10 … Read More

Lakes Festival A Success

[youtube] Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, which is Grace College’s water research center, hosted the fifth annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival over the weekend. The festival took place in Warsaw and Winona Lake Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. “The lakes are vital to our economy, environment, recreation and … Read More

Water-Themed Art Contest Winners Named

The Kosciusko Lakes and Streams center at Grace College announced the winners of the 2013 Wonderful Water Student Art Contest this week. KLAS challenged county fourth- through 12th-grade students to create a one-dimensional piece of art capturing the wonder of the lakes and streams. Artwork was judged on … Read More

Grants Awarded For Tippy River Cleanup

The Tippecanoe Lake Chain, Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake were among 17 projects receiving grant money for a sediment removal plan and funds awarded to remove a logjam in the Tippecanoe River. The local grants totaled $63,000. The Department of Natural Resources grants totaling more than $850,000 will … Read More

KLAS Teaches Students To Be Mindful Of Water

Kosciusko Lakes and Streams hosted four schools of fourth-graders today at Pike Lake for their biannual field day, “Our Lakes, Our Treasures.” Student volunteers from Grace College taught fourth-graders from Jefferson, Harrison, Milford and Warsaw Christian Schools about the importance of protecting the lakes and streams in Kosciusko … Read More

‘Lake In The Classroom’ Program Growing

Julie Martin’s third-grade classroom at Eisenhower Elementary School recently became home to an aquarium of local fish. Part of the Lake in the Classroom program operated by Grace College’s Kosciusko Lakes and Streams center, this marks the 20th aquarium placed in a Kosciusko County school or community center … Read More

National Grant Awarded To KLAS

Grace College’s Kosciusko Lakes and Streams center received $25,000 from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. to promote water resource education. KLAS will use the money to improve and expand its efforts to increase environmental literacy in Kosciusko County and the northern Indiana region. “It’s encouraging to get such a … Read More

City, KLAS Partner For MS4 Mandates

Warsaw is the only MS4 community in Kosciusko County and that designation means the city is mandated to follow guidelines set by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems – also known as MS4 programs – are defined “as a conveyance or system of conveyances … Read More