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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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