TWF brings local lake leaders together

From left, Lindsay Gallmeyer and Walt Hessler of Loon Lake in Whitley County talk with Jane and Chuck Loomis of Old Lake in Whitley County, sharing ideas for enhanced communication with lake residents.

(UPPER TIPPECANOE WATERSHED) – Last evening, representatives from the 10 lake associations within the 236-square mile area of the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed met to share ideas and learn from one another at the Lake Leaders Gathering hosted by The Watershed Foundation (TWF). Around the room, strangers became friends, smiling and talking about the importance of their lake communities.

Lake leaders from associations in Whitley, Noble and Kosciusko Counties were present for the event, which began with dinner and continued with discussion about issues impacting the lakes in the watershed, including water quality, seasonal flooding and current legislative issues involving the lakes. Additionally, attendees were updated on the current activities of TWF.

“So much can be gained by bringing people together,” said Lyn Crighton, executive director of The Watershed Foundation. “While we might not all live on the same lake, we have so much in common, and what one lake is doing to address an issue might be something that another lake could try as well.”

The featured topic of the evening’s discussion was an overview of low-cost, high-impact communication marketing tools that lake associations can use to help get information distributed to their members and local residents. Attendees were invited to share their best practices as well.

TWF was founded in 1997 to protect and improve water quality in the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed; spanning from Crooked Lake in Whitley County to the Warsaw-Winona Lake areas. Over the past 25 years, TWF has worked with farmers and lake residents to construct 200+ water quality improvement projects. In the last six years alone, these efforts have prevented over 1 billion pounds of weeds and algae from growing in area lakes and streams.

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