October Lake Monroe Watershed Tour
October 2 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Join us on Saturday, October 2, for a tour of the Lake Monroe watershed. We will gather at 9:10 am in the parking lot of Bloomingfoods East (3220 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401) and board a bus to explore the area that drains into Lake Monroe. Registration is required (scroll down for registration form) and the tour is limited to 20 attendees. To reduce the risk of coronavirus spread, COVID vaccination is required and masks are encouraged when physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. The tour will travel on a school bus with staggered seating and open windows for ventilation. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch and beverage; Friends of Lake Monroe will provide desserts during a lunch break hosted by the Brown County Soil & Water Conservation District in an outdoor covered shelter in Nashville.
Did you know that over 440 square miles of land drain into Lake Monroe? Our tour will focus on two of the main tributaries to the lake – North Fork Salt Creek and Middle Fork Salt Creek. While over 82% of the watershed is forested, there are also farms, towns, homes, and wetlands as well as over 1,250 miles of streams. What happens in the watershed has a huge impact on water quality in Lake Monroe. Learn how different management practices for wetlands, forests, pastures, crop fields, wastewater (sewage) treatment, and riparian buffers impact water quality in our streams and lakes. Tour stops include Stillwater Marsh, Yellowwood Lake, the Nashville Sewage Treatment Plant, and Stone Head Nature Preserve.