Group Projects from the 2016
Indiana Watershed Leadership

Academy participants work together to develop a project that contributes to the watershed community in Indiana. These projects have the potential to be used by others and advance watershed management in Indiana.

Group Projects from the 2016 Academy

Note: These projects were created by the participants, and are not a product of Purdue University. For more information, please contact the authors listed.

Gold Fish Challenge: Making a Splash for Clean Water
Bridget Harrison, Dan Fee, Debbie Palmer
We created a self-assessment to allow individuals to rate their own actions and track installation of best management practices to improve water quality. Once an assessment is complete, individuals can take a pledge to continue their good practices or to improve or adopt alternate practices. Once the pledge is complete, individuals will receive a gold fish to display in their yard.

Stack Attack: Know Your Watershed
Trisha McClain, Eileen Oaks and Theresa Sailor
We created a life-size Jenga game including facts, jokes and water quality related facts. A fact sheet was developed to identify long-term learning opportunities.

Best Management Practice Promotional Signs
Janel Meyer, Kevin Feder and Jessica Faust
We developed brochures for use by organizations, groups, and municipalities regarding considerations for the planning, design, ordering, and installation of signs promoting municipal, agricultural, and urban best management practices (BMPs).
Municipal Handout
Agriculture Handout
Urban Handout

Fish Indicators of Water Quality: A Field Guide for Wadeable Streams
Ed Dobrowolski and Brad Shoger
A guide for volunteers and novices provide fish identification and detailing indicators of water quality for small, wadeable streams in the Central Corn Belt Plains.

4-H Fair Demonstrations
Paul Schirver
Documentation of options for creating interactive displays for use at fairs and various festivals.

Impacts of Coal Ash Ponds on Private Wells and Local Waterways

Indra Frank and Roy Francis

We prepared information for county health departments on the potential impact of coal ash pond on residential wells within one mile of power plants. There are also discharges from coal ash ponds into Indiana rivers.  We prepared information on these discharges for use by river and watershed groups.


Nature Rocks! Using Natural Resources Family Fun Days to Promote Your Watershed
Julie Loehr and Len Kring
We created a sample event flier and dos & don’ts checklist. Our effort highlights options for engaging local groups, partnering with DNR free fishing days and obtaining donations for event raffles and trophies.

Techniques to Engage Local Businesses Manual
Clair Burt, Carolyn Ahler and Daniella Hunt
We developed a booklet of behavioral and structural best management practices for businesses to utilize. The booklet is strategically organized into three tiers of BMPs: behavioral, low-cost structural, and high-cost structural. For our presentation, we will describe our ideas for engaging businesses in water quality initiatives and also present the contents of the booklet.

Primer on the Midwest Cover Crops Council Decision Tool
Randy Sexton, Phil Woolery and Walt Sell
We will be providing instructions to use the Midwest Cover Crop Council web-based tool to help select the appropriate cover crops for each situation.

River Camp Template
Matt Jones and Grace Roman
We formatted a handout which documents essential procedures, protocols, schedules, themes and materials for implementation by water resources organizations. The handout includes identification of potential partners, presenters, themes and ideas for communicating to assist with implementation.

Stream Assessment Data and Photo Mapping
Kelly Harris, Amy Hagerdon and Miranda Hancock
We converted excel tables containing stream assessment data into ArcGIS geodatabases. Then, we projected the stream reach areas of concern on a map. Finally, we uploaded geotagged photos taken during the in-stream assessment.  The geotagged photos allow for quick reference and can be overlain with map data and layers.

Downstream Diagnosis Game
Vanessa Rainwater, Christina Gates and Jen Rankin
Our game helps individuals identify conditions of a river or stream segment.



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