WACF is laser-focused on using your donations to turn our research into positive action exclusively within our Wawasee area watershed. Below are just two recent examples of WACF acquisitions and projects that are making a difference in our water quality.
New WACF Acquisition
The WACF recently completed a transaction for a key piece of shoreline property on Gordy Lake. This lake is part of the 10-lakes/Turkey Creek chain that supplies an estimated 43% of the water to Lake Wawasee. Controlling and protecting these shorelines insures that the water flowing into Lake Wawasee remains clear and clean. This 34-acre property adds to the over 800 acres and 10 miles of shoreline that the WACF has protected since 1991.
Photo above taken from a currently WACF protected property viewing the new 34 acre acquisition across Gordy Lake
Thorpe Sediment Basin
A heavy flow of sediment running into Leeland Channel that is a result of runoff from the surrounding sub-watershed (agricultural land and the Wawasee Middle School),was identified by the WACF many years ago as a "hot spot" requiring attention. In 2014, a key property near the Middle School was acquired and WACF partnered with the Great Lakes Commission in the construction of a basin that would collect water and allow sediment to settle out before resuming its natural path into the lake. The blue line on the map above shows the flow of water into the basin and then on to Lake Wawasee. The basin was completed in December of 2014. In 2016, significant problem flooding areas were identified surrounding the basin during heavy rain events. A WACF funded study confirmed that the existing drainage system from the 347-acre sub-watershed could overwhelm the basin when heavy rains occur. The study recommended a new drainage system which will require a substantial investment of WACF funds but was deemed necessary and approved by the WACF board of directors in the fall of 2016. Construction will take place in early 2017. This area remains critical to the protection of lake water quality, and WACF will continue to evaluate additional projects that may be necessary in the future.