Dr Nate Bosch, executive director of the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams, will provide the Warsaw Public Works Safety Board with an update on the center’s projects with the city on Friday. Photo credit: David Slone, Times-Union

Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Lilly Lake and Stream Center, gave the Warsaw Public Works Safety Board an update on Friday on the educational projects the center has been working on on behalf of the city over the past year.

“As part of MS4’s responsibilities in Indiana, we are required to conduct several educational programs in our local schools. 12 programs,” said Bosch. “So we have a memorandum of understanding that we prepare every year. It’s like an investor report on what we did with that support through last year’s deal.”

A Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is a publicly owned transportation system or transportation system that discharges into water bodies in the United States designed or used to collect stormwater. According to the definition on the Environmental Protection Agency website, this is not a combined sewer and is not part of a sewage treatment plant.

According to Bosch, the city’s first sponsorship was the center’s workshop series.

“We have held several community events. Last year we focused on events more often with smaller groups due to Covid,” he said.

Workshops included Aboriginal seeding projects, family fishing, and ‘green’ cleaning involving partner organizations.

For classroom lake experiences, the center has installed a 40-gallon aquarium in a local K-12 classroom. College students maintain the aquarium.

“We do educational events. We have a library of books for all of them, and all a teacher needs to do is feed the fish every other day,” says Bosch. I got

Over 500 students participated in the ‘Big’ Lake Adventure Day at Lucerne Park on Pike Lake. This is his senior year program that has been able to attract several schools from more remote areas of Kosciuszko county, “and we also have representatives from schools in Warsaw,” he said.

He said fishing is always the highlight of a lake adventure day. “The amazing thing about us doing this fishing is that despite growing up here in Lake City, most of these kids never had a fishing rod and went fishing. Few kids get the chance to go fishing, and as these kids grow up, expecting them to take care of our lakes means that they can take care of our lakes. So this is actually a really cool program to bring kids to one of our lakes,” Bosch said. .

The Lily Center also hosts an annual art contest. The city of Warsaw sponsored his August. The competition attracts students from all over the county, all of whom create a variety of water-related works.

“Our lakes are important to our economy, but they are also important to our quality of life – the aesthetics, which really helps inspire many of our students,” said Bosch. Told.

After the review, he turned his attention to the board.

“We will consider stream sampling again in the city of Warsaw, so stay tuned. We are considering placing some sensors above and below Pike Lake to better understand it.” Of the three lakes here in Warsaw, it needs special love and we would like to see it cleaned up in the future. I would like to know how it goes, so I plan to work with (Warsaw’s Public Works Inspector) Brian (Davison) to create another MOU in the future to raise funds to run these sensors. The city has the information it needs to properly manage its lakes,” Bosch concluded.

Mayor Joe Talemer said, “As you said, these education requirements are important for us to maintain our permits, so we’ve always left that education component to Lilly. Thankfully.” And they do a great job.”