Highlights from Our January Meeting

  • Cara Bergschneider explained how the Natural Resources Conservation Service funds and promotes conservation practices such as use of cover crops, filter strips, grass waterways, tree rows, rotational grazing and invasive species removal.  
  • Dave Simcox reported on HB1289 which would restrict Monroe County’s ability to regulate logging near Lake Monroe. Dave will forward an action plan to our FOLM members through the website and FB.
  • Signup available to choose a time to volunteer to cleanup trash along the shoreline at Paynetown Recreation Area.
  • A membership fee to join FOLM will be set at a minimum donation of at least $20  to show commitment and support for the organization. Scholarships will be available.
  • The Nature Conservancy has funded a graduate student to work with IU SPEA analyzing existing data for Lake Monroe.  
  • The City of Bloomington is hiring an intern to enter their data into the computer.
  • Next meeting is set for March 22 from 6:00-8:00 with guest speaker Rex Watters, who will speak about resource management in the Lake Monroe watershed.

Watershed Leadership Academy

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I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy (IWLA), and recommend it to anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge of watershed science, planning, stakeholder development, communication, watershed management, and more. The five month Academy (January to June) is a combination face-to-face workshops and online distance learning . There are two weekend workshops which include presentations by watershed coordinators, storm water managers, citizen volunteers, environmental professionals, community officials, and planners. The online assignments consist of required and optional readings and a short written assignment. Written assignments are due every two weeks and require about 3-5 hours to complete. There is also a required group project which is presented at the graduation ceremony to other IWLA attendees and leaders. One of the great benefits of attending the IWLA is the networking opportunities with other Academy attendees and workshop presenters, many who are past graduates of the IWLA. Attending the Academy also provides attendees with access to many online resources, including archived webinars, videos, and a library of articles on various topics by leaders in the field of watershed management. Upon successfully completing the Academy, enrollees receive a certificate in Watershed Management from Purdue University.

The deadline for enrolling in the IWLA is November 3rd.  Limited scholarships are available for enrollees from an unfunded agency. Please see the Academy web site for more information.

Richard Harris

Richard Harris