Oct
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
1:00pm 1:00pm

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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Oct
3
4:00pm 4:00pm

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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Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

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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Sep
10
1:30pm 1:30pm

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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Aug
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

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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Aug
13
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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Jun
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Hang out, cut, and color with us!

FOLM is walking in the 4th of July parade in Bloomington and we need your help in making fish hats for the kids! Please join us on June 29th at The Pourhouse Cafe from 5-7 PM

The hats will already be traced on posterboard so all you'll have to do is cut and/or color them with us. Sip on some fair trade coffee (or my favorite iced chai) and hang out with your fellow friends of Lake Monroe.

There is no RSVP necessary for this event. Come and go as you please or just stop by and say, "Hey!"

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Jun
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

U. S. Army Corp of Engineers Open House

The Monroe Lake office of the US Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with Friends of Lake Monroe, is hosting an open house at 1 pm on Saturday June 17th.  Dave Cable, Middle Wabash Operations Manager and Monroe Lake staff, will be available to answer questions about the lake, its purposes, and history.  A tour of the control tower will also be included. No photos allowed within the control tower. The tour is limited to 25 people, but if there is a need, a morning session may be added.  Directions to the Lake Monroe office from the courthouse are here.

Space is limited so please sign up early!

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Jun
17
9:00am 9:00am

FOLM Friends: Hoosier Riverwatch Workshop

Monroe County Parks and Recreation Department, Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Bloomington Utilities Department are hosting a Hoosier Riverwatch workshop on Saturday, June 17 from 9 AM to 4 PM

This state-wide program, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, teaches citizen volunteers how to monitor and maintain the water quality of streams, including their physical, biological, and chemical aspects.

Register by Wednesday, June 14: contact Monroe County Parks and Recreation at (812) 349-2800 or 501 N Morton St, Ste. 100

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Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

Watershed Tour

Friends of Lake Monroe invites you on a guided tour of the Lake Monroe watershed on June 3 from 10 am to 2:30 pm.  Join us for a scenic drive through the backwoods of Brown, Monroe and Jackson County.  Find out where the lake water comes from and see where it leaves the lake.

Bring your own lunch and beverage. Bloomington participants will meet in the Kmart parking lot by Bloomingfoods east to carpool.

Sign up by May 29th to ensure your spot.

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May
24
5:30pm 5:30pm

Sherry Presenting at Green Drinks Bloomington

Sherry Mitchell-Bruker will share her talk entitled "What can we do for Lake Monroe? Why should we care?" at Bloomington Green Drinks on May 24. The talk is a brief overview of what we know about water quality and the status of Lake Monroe and its watershed, the lake's importance to the community and ways that we can work to sustain the Lake for the future. 

Upland Banquet Hall. Doors open at 5:30 PM. More info on Bloomington Green Drinks here. We recommend giving them a $5 donation for all of their hard work putting together this event. Hope to see you there! 

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Apr
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

April Meeting

The Friends of Lake Monroe invite you to our next meeting on June 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Thomas Gallery on the Bloomington square, 107 N. College Ave.  The meeting will focus on water quality and data.  Our guest speaker will be Bill Jones, Professor Emeritus, IU SPEA.  Please come a few minutes early to meet us and chat.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you and working together to support Lake Monroe.

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