Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is committed to inspiring and educating our local youth to become people who make a difference in the furture of our lakes - keeping them clean and healthy for generations to come.
Our 2012-2013 programs include:
It is the combined actions of many individuals that impacts water quality. Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is committed to helping residents and visitors to Kosciusko County improve their stewardship of our precious aquatic resources to preserve them for generations to come.
Why is clean water so important? We all depend on our county's water in many ways - our drinking water comes from groundwater, our lakes and streams attract businesses and visitors that boost our economy, and we enjoy our many lakes, streams and wetlands for their recreational and aesthetic values.
We're not the only ones who depend on healthy water - our local plants and animals can't live without it either. Kosciusko County's lakes and streams don't belong to any one person - they are a shared treasure that we all enjoy and all have responsibility to care for. Everyone may not live on the shore of a lake or stream, but everyone does affect our water with their daily actions.
This is because we all live in a watershed, which is an area of ground over which water drains into a common water body - like a giant funnel. Because water moves downhill and downstream, pollution that happens anywhere in the watershed has the potential to impact all the water downstream from that point. Watersheds can span local, state and even national boundaries, so what happens to the water in your backyard can have an impact on other communities far downstream. This is why your actions are so important!
Even if you don't live right next to a lake or a stream, water flows across your property and into one of our lakes or streams - You have the potential to impact our county's water. The good news is that there are lots of positive steps you can take to help protect and improve water quality, regardless of where you live.
Find out about Grace College's Environmental Biology Program!