March Friends of Lake Monroe Public Meeting
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

March Friends of Lake Monroe Public Meeting

We’re holding for our bi-monthly public meeting on Wednesday, March 27, from 6 to 8 PM at the Monroe County Public Library in meeting room 2A.

Vic Kelson, City of Bloomington Utilities Director, will speak at our March 27 meeting.  Dr. Kelson will talk about water quality in Lake Monroe and the effect on treatment and costs.  Dr Kelson will speak early in the meeting, followed by updates on current FLM activities.

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Learn about Salt Creek valley history
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Learn about Salt Creek valley history

What was life like before Monroe Lake was made? Learn about this and more during a history open house Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Paynetown Activity Center in Paynetown State Recreation Area.

Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist at Monroe Lake, is documenting and mapping the history of the Salt Creek valley area. This is a large area that includes most of southeast Monroe County, southern Brown County, northeast Lawrence County, and northwest Jackson County. Monroe Lake was created in the 1960s with a dam at the western end of Salt Creek.

Vance’s research focus is on the period before Monroe Lake was built, as well as the actual construction of the lake and the land acquisition. The open house will be a chance to learn about the project, view some of the resources compiled thus far, and contribute information and stories.

Maps, books, and other resources will be on display, and there will be a slideshow of historic photos. Visitors with a family connection to Salt Creek can search a genealogy database for information about their ancestors.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own information, knowledge, and stories about the Salt Creek valley area to add to this research project. A portable scanner will be available so that most photos, maps, and other documents can be copied on site. Visitors will be able to mark the location of historic sites on a master map.

People with a lot of stories or family history information, or large quantities of photos or documents can sign up to do an oral history interview at a later date.

Paynetown State Recreation Area is located at 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington. Entrance to Paynetown SRA is free during the winter months. Cancellations will be posted at facebook.com/monroelake.

Location Information:
Monroe Lake  (View Map)
4850 S. State Road 446 
Bloomington, IN 47401
Monroe

Monroe Lake - Paynetown State Recreation Area

Contact Information:
Name: Jill Vance
Phone: 812-837-9967
Email: jvance@dnr.IN.gov

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October Meeting: Hoosier National Forest Logging and Clearcuts in the Lake Monroe Watershed
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

October Meeting: Hoosier National Forest Logging and Clearcuts in the Lake Monroe Watershed

Friends of Lake Monroe invites you to our next Public Meeting, October 25, from 6-8 pm at the Monroe County Public Library.   

FLM has recently learned that Hoosier National Forest is proposing to log over 4,000 acres in the Lake Monroe Watershed in Jackson County.  Mike Chaveas, HNF Forest Supervisor, will present information about this project and answer questions. This meeting will replace our November meeting to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

4th of July Parade

Walk with us or watch us. We'll be there!

We'd love to have you join FLM in the 4th of July Parade! We'll be handing out handmade fish bracelets with interesting facts about the lake. It's sure to be a fun time for all. To walk with us, sign up below and we'll send you more info.

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Kayak/Canoe Trip and Cookout
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak/Canoe Trip and Cookout

This June 9th, Friends of Lake Monroe will host a 2 hour kayak and canoe tour exploring the Northfork Waterfowl Resting Area of Lake Monroe with IndiGo Birding Naturalist David Rupp. Expert instruction on handling these watercraft will be available. We may see eagles, beavers, herons, etc. Potluck cookout to follow at nearby residence. Participation limited - sign up quickly to hold your spot!

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March Meeting
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

March Meeting

You don't want to miss this meeting! Our guest speaker is DNR's Wildlife Specialist Rex Watters.

Thursday, March 22, at the Monroe County Public Library, Room 1C in Bloomington, IN from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

January Meeting

The Friends of Lake Monroe's first meeting of 2018 will take place Thursday, January 25, at the Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A in Bloomington, IN from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and we are pleased to announce that Ms. Cara Bergschneider, District Conservationist with Natural Resources Conservation Service, will give a talk at our January public meeting. She will be sharing agricultural best practices and the role the NRCS plays in protecting water quality.

We will also discuss upcoming events in 2018, including the possibility of a Kayak Trip! 

Hope to see you there.

Read minutes from past monthly meetings here.

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Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

November Meeting

The Friends of Lake Monroe is pleased to announce that both Dave Rollo, Bloomington City Council Representative, and Duane McCoy, Indiana DNR Forester, will present at this month's public meeting.

Mr. Rollo will talk about the recent proposed Lake Monroe amendment to the City of Bloomington's Comprehensive Plan. Mr. McCoy will talk about Best Management Practices in Indiana State Forests.

Our final meeting of 2017 will take place Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A in Bloomington, IN from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  

Read minutes from past monthly meetings here.

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Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

Save the Date: InWMC Symposium

*This is not a FOLM event, but we'll be there! Check it out.

For a one-day symposium on

Modified Flows and their Impact on Stream and Lake Ecosystems

Co-sponsored by the Indiana Water Monitoring Council and the Indiana Water Resources Association on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

When & Where

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Location: Indiana Government Center South, Conference Rooms B & C

Address: 302 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204     

InWMC Web site: http://www.inwmc.org/

Details

This symposium will feature presentations by those working with new and innovative monitoring techniques and technologies in water resources monitoring. And as always, there will be great opportunities for networking during breaks and lunch. 

There are no fees to attend the symposium, however, registration is required. We’re working now to finalize the agenda. In the meantime, mark your calendar so you won’t miss this event and watch your email – we’ll let you know right away when registration begins.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

October Meeting

The Friends of Lake Monroe is pleased to announce that both Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, and John Kennard, Brown County Environmental Health Department Supervisor, will present at this month's public meeting.

Ms. Vance will talk about the guidelines our group must follow in order to “adopt-a-shoreline” along Lake Monroe.  Mr. Kennard will give a lively talk about the importance of septic awareness and its association with protecting our watershed.  Handouts will be distributed.

The public of all ages is encouraged to attend, share their ideas, and bring their questions.

The meeting will take place Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Brown County Public Library in Nashville, IN from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Room B.  A convenient parking lot just outside the meeting room is available at end of east Gould Street.

Read minutes from past monthly meetings here.

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Oct
8
1:00 PM13:00

FOLM Shoreline Cleanup

The Friends of Lake Monroe is sponsoring a shoreline cleanup to pick up litter along the banks of Lake Monroe. If you missed the DNR event, or just want to do more, join us for this rewarding activity!  This event will occur in area(s) accessible by car and foot. Participants should wear durable shoes and long pants and anticipate some rugged terrain. Gloves will be available, but participants are asked to bring their own if possible. Drinking water will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own to minimize waste.

Volunteers will assemble at a location in or near Bloomington to carpool to the cleanup location. The location (TBD) and a Liability Waiver will be emailed to participants after registration and in advance of the event. Volunteers should expect to commit 2.5 to 3 hours for the cleanup.

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