Kline Island Preservation Project Awarded 2017 ILMS Project of the Year

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:24am


Kline Island North Webster Clean Water Healthy Water Quality

The Webster Lake Conservation Association (WLCA) is the recent recipient of the 2017 Indiana Lakes Management Society’s (ILMS) Project of the Year Award, which is one of the highest honors in the state bestowed to lake and conservation associations.

 ILMS promotes the understanding and comprehensive management of Indiana lakes and reservoirs and their watershed ecosystems. The annual conference provides a forum and technical assistance network for information sharing; assists with development of lake restoration and protection programs, policies, and legislation; and encourages local and statewide organization cooperation.

Kline Island is the largest of the islands on the lake.  Even so, it is not immune to the onslaught of weather and wake. It was estimated that in the last twelve year period, Kline Island has become 25 feet narrower than it was.Along with controlling weeds, organizing lake events, and managing lake levels, WLCA has recently undertaken the very large responsibility to ensure the future of their islands. In the words of WLCA volunteer Michael Wyrick, "The majority of the islands on Webster Lake are melting away.”WLCA was nominated by their partner The Watershed Foundation (TWF) for their extensive work on Kline Island. Founded in 1950, WLCA serves residents of Webster Lake in North Webster IN.

Lyn crighton terry frederick watershed water quality kline island award ilms TWF, WLCA, the United Methodist Epworth Church Camp (owner of Kline Island), and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources entered into an agreement to protect Kline Island’s shoreline by adding glacial stones and planting natural vegetation where needed with generous contributions from the IDNR LARE program.

Ten WLCA volunteers even contributed directly- working for four hours on Webster Lake's Kline Island in frigid November temperatures, planting close to 1000 plants and seeding the area! 

Not only is this project saving Webster Lake’s largest island, but it also reduces the pollution inputs into the lake and watershed. Sediment from the eroding island is reduced by 63.8 tons/yr, and Phosphorus, the nutrient needed to grow weeds, reduced by 54.2 lbs/yr.This project alone prevents 540,000 lbs weeds & algae/yr!The shoreline improvements are being done in 300 foot increments and are subject to permits and participatory grant funding.