LAKE WAWASEE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Lake Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation is launching a study unlike any that's been done before.
Testing will take place in the spring and show scientists nutrient and sediment loads within Wawasee watershed.
"We have five inlets coming into Lake Wawasee that are feeding streams, all of the surface water coming into the lake. So what we're trying to do is establish what kind of miscreants or problems are coming in on each of these feeder streams."
Heather Harwood with the Conservancy Foundation says the streams being tested run through residential areas and protecting the lake and the community is the ultimate goal.
"With all of the pressure on the lake with development and recreation, we want to be able to take it in the right direction and keep it clean."
With the help of Jerry Sweeten with Ecosystems Connections Institute, a team will collect samples every day from April to June when the most rain is expected, but the testing will continue throughout the year.
"When I got connected with WACF, they expressed some concern over the quality of the water in the lake here at Wawasee."
Sweeten says when phosphorous, nitrogen, and sediment enter into a ponding area like a lake, water quality goes down and affects the wildlife.
"It also has an economic value to water quality in recreational opportunities that are available to folks that live around the lake or along a stream."
Sweeten describes the testing as a new venture for a glacial lake in Indiana, but collecting data is the best way to get answers and protect the ecosystem.