Working Together to Create a Plan for Healthy Lakes & Land in Our Community
Beginning at Lake Tippecanoe, the Tippecanoe River and its tributaries flow through the center of Kosciusko County. This entire watershed area drains to the Tippecanoe River, encompasses 20-25% of the county, and includes four major lakes: Pike, Center, Winona and Chapman, plus many smaller lakes.
The Clean Waters Partnership was created to develop and implement a watershed management plan (WMP) for this area. From 2016-2018 we gathered and examined all the available watershed data, obtained input from the community, itemized the critical problem areas in the watershed, set goals, and created an action strategy to get the improvements completed. (Learn More)
Phase 2 began in March 2021 with funding from a highly competitive, $400,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (Learn more). Now is when the really fun, get your hands dirty work begins – implementing projects to protect our lakes and rivers from pollution. Learn more about how our watershed conservationists work with farmers and landowners for the benefit of heathy soil and clean water.
What Can You Do to Begin Improving the Lakes & Streams in our Community?
- Become a Partner in the Clean Waters Partnership. Donate – time, talent and treasure to get our local efforts going.
- Learn and spread the word. Help organize meetings and outreach events so everyone – cities and towns, farms, businesses, civic organizations, government agencies, and schools – knows about the watershed gets involved in protecting our waters.
We are very excited about this initiative, which wouldn’t be possible without support from our community! Thank you!
The Watershed Foundation has been through this process many times and is excited to guide this journey. Partners include the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, City of Warsaw, Town of Winona Lake, Kosciusko County Health, Planning, & Emergency Management Depts, and the Surveyor’s Office, IN-American Water, Zimmer Biomet, the Builders’ Association, the Recycling Depot, the Kosciusko County SWCD, as well as representatives from Center, Chapman, Pike & Winona Lakes.