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
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
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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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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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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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/


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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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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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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4:00 PM16:00

Water Sampling Event

Update: The original date of this trip was September 21. It has been rescheduled to October 3 to resolve technical difficulties with equipment.


The Friends of Lake Monroe and IU School of Public Environmental Affairs invites you to a water quality sampling demonstration on Lake Monroe, Tuesday, October 3 from 4-7 pm

Melissa Laney, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Indiana Clean Lakes Program will demonstrate the following techniques and equipment:

  • Temperature/dissolved oxygen/conductivity profiles
  • 1% light level using a Li-Cor light meter
  • Plankton tow nets
  • Van dorn sampler to collect hypolimnetic water
  • Kemmerer sampler to collect hypolimnetic water
  • Integrated sampler to collect epilimnetic water
  • Filter equipment for Chlorophyll-a and Orthophosphate (OP)
  • Secchi Disks for water clarity
  • a sediment corer 

Capacity is limited, so sign up ASAP if you would like to attend this fun and interesting event.

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6:30 PM18:30

Limnology with Melissa Laney: Part 2

As a continuation of our July class, SPEA Senior Lecturer Melissa Laney is hosting a Limnology workshop on September 7th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the City of Bloomington Utilities at 600 E. Miller Drive.

If you missed Part I, we recommend you contact us before planning to attend so we can catch you up.

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1:30 PM13:30

Monroe Lake Shoreline Cleanup

Did you know that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources hosts an Annual Lake Monroe Cleanup? It's on September 10 from 1:30 to 5:30 PM!

At the end of the busy summer recreation season, there is a lot of trash left behind. Join our friends at the DNR and help restore the lake to an inviting habitat for both people and wildlife. You'll be taken by boat to some hard-to-reach areas around the whole lake.

Interested in volunteering? Learn more on the DNR website.

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6:30 PM18:30

August Meeting

Friends of Lake Monroe's monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Come join us in the board room at the Brown County Library Room B from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

We are pleased to announce that Dave Seastrom, a long time Brown County resident, will be our guest speaker.  Dave will address watershed issues in Brown County and how these have changed during his tenure in the County. We will also talk about our mission with respect to Brown County.  There will be a listening session in which participants are encouraged to talk about their relationship to Lake Monroe and the watershed.  

Read minutes from past monthly meetings here.

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to Aug 19

Hoosier to Hoosier Volunteer Days

Help Hoosiers, help the environment, and raise money for FOLM? It's as easy as donating your time to a good cause. On August 13, FOLM members will be picking up goods for the H2H sale taking place on August 19. Work with FOLM from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM or on your own! You can sign up by pressing the button below. It will take you to the H2H sign-up page. Find the best time slot(s) that work for you and be sure to mention "Friends of Lake Monroe" in the comments so FOLM benefits.

How can you help the community AND raise money for FOLM? Sign up to volunteer. Each hour you give banks $10 for Friends of Lake Monroe. 

Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that aims 1) to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members and 3) to raise funds for local charities and other organizations.

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