OUR MISSION

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Lake Monroe Water Fund Mission

The Lake Monroe Water Fund is an active funder for watershed projects that conserve, protect and sustain Lake Monroe as our shared community water resource.

A Little History

In mid-2017 a small group – including representatives from The Nature Conservancy, City of Bloomington Utilities, Friends of Lake Monroe and others – began meeting to explore the feasibility of forming a Water Fund to connect a funding source with the management and sustainability goals of Lake Monroe.

Lake Monroe, with a 276,000 acre watershed, is the sole water source for 128k customers in Monroe County and a supplemental source for Brown County but has no coordinated plan for the management and sustainability of this vital resource. While more studies are needed to update and fill the analysis gaps for assessing water quality, the missing link to actionable protection of this vital water source has been the development of a coordinated plan with a bridge to a funding source.

Photography Courtesy of Steven Higgs

      1. A robust Water Monitoring Program
      2. A Watershed Management Plan
      3. Best Management Practice Implementation
      4. Funding for Implementation of BMP (Water Fund), and
      5. Definition of the Additional Funding Approach (Water Fund).
  • Sept 2019: Friends of Lake Monroe award 319 Grant by EPA to create a Watershed Management Plan. To be completed by January 2022.
  • Q4 2019: Water Fund Demonstration Project funded by City of Bloomington Utilities, Monroe County Stormwater Board, Conservation Law Center and US Geological Survey to place new stream water gage on South Fork of Salt Creek.
  • Jan 2020: Lake Monroe Water Fund Task Force formed comprising major watershed stakeholders
  • Jan 2021: Lake Monroe Water Fund 501c3 incorporated
  • Mar 2021: LMWF Board formed
  • Aug 2021: 319 Implementation Grant due

Some specific actions that have already been completed include:

    1. A robust Water Monitoring Program
    2. A Watershed Management Plan
    3. Best Management Practice Implementation
    4. Funding for Implementation of BMP (Water Fund), and
    5. Definition of the Additional Funding Approach (Water Fund).
  • Friends of Lake Monroe (FLM) has participated in capstone projects at IU O’Neill SPEA under the guidance of Melissa Laney and Sherry Mitchell-Bruker. FLM worked with graduate students who used soils and land use data to map rates of soil loss in the watershed. The IU group also attempted to model a sediment budget for the lake but concluded that there was insufficient data.
  • Friends of Lake Monroe is managing a 319 grant funded by the EPA to develop a Watershed Management Plan for Lake Monroe.  This project should be complete by January, 2022.
  • A Lake Monroe Integrated Monitoring Committee has been formed representing 9 organizations actively engaged in water quality monitoring in Lake Monroe Watershed.
  • In early 2020 a watershed steering committee was formed including the primary stakeholders, as represented by the current board.
  • January 2021 Lake Monroe Water Fund incorporated in the state of Indiana, receiving it’s 501(c)(3) designation.

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