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Through our research we know glacial lakes in Indiana are in serious trouble.  Water quality has been significantly affected by Nutrient and sediment pollution.  Phosphorus loads are of particular concern.  ECI is working in partnership with the Art Nature Consortium to produce a self-published book titled “Indiana Glacial Lakes:  The Forgotten Dead Zones”.  This is an interdisciplinary approach to raise awareness about the plight of Indiana lakes and a sequel to a book published last year called  “Indiana Waterways:  The Art of Conservation” that focused on streams.  The book was successful and sold out quickly.   Since it is self-published, we need to raise $65,000 and are looking for financial partners.  Here is how the new book will be organized.  Five artists will be creating original paintings of lakes across northern Indiana in the summer of 2024 and 2025.  This artwork will be featured in the book along with three essays.  One essay will be focused on the geology and scientific understanding of lakes and why they are in trouble and how they can be fixed.  A second essay will be focused on the cultural history of the northern lake region with a focus on indigenous people.  The third essay will be a closer look at the modern-day socioeconomics of the glacial lake region.  Work by the artists or essayists is unpaid and the Art Nature Consortium is a nonprofit organization.  Please help us raise the funds needed to publish this important book.

For the lakes!

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ECI’s water quality study at Lake Wawasee in partnership with the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation (Wawasee Inlet Nutrient Study or WINS) has led to securing a National Water Quality Initiative designation (NWQI) for the lake basin from the USDA. This designation is the first of its kind for a natural lake in Indiana. The grant will bring a 1.3-million-dollar appropriation to cost share Best Management Practices with farmers across the basin over the next three years.  Some of the practices include fall cover crops, no- till, water and nutrient management, two-stage ditches, as well as sub-surface drains and other approved practices.  All of these practices are designed to reduce the delivery of nutrients and sediment to the lake. To learn more about the NWQI program please follow the link below.




The Hoosier  Environmental Counsel Award
2022-Bruce Tschantz Public Safety at Dams Award

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