Lake Maxinkuckee’s Annual Check-Up

Lake Maxinkuckee’s Annual Check-Up

photo courtesy of Jim Haist The Indiana Clean Lakes Program was created in 1989 and is administered through a grant to Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) in Bloomington.  The goal is to collect data to identify water quality...
Blue-Green Algae at Lake Maxinkuckee

Blue-Green Algae at Lake Maxinkuckee

Lake Maxinkuckee has had a long history of beautiful, crystal clear water.   Perhaps that long history has made us take the water quality for granted.  Last week I was contacted by a concerned citizen asking about dead fish and “yucky green water” along the north...
Is That Water Swimmable?

Is That Water Swimmable?

As many of you know, last weekend there was a sewer line break along the East Shore. Since raw sewage was flowing into the tributary at 18B, which flows directly into the lake, the East Shore Conservancy District notified Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund, along...
It’s Not That Easy Being Green

It’s Not That Easy Being Green

If you are of a certain age, you will certainly recognize that song title! Frogs and toads are easily misidentified and misunderstood. You can’t get warts from touching or kissing them, most are not poisonous, and they provide a number of important benefits. ...
Is That Fish Safe to Eat?

Is That Fish Safe to Eat?

I recently received notification that Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) had updated their 303(d) list, a water quality testing list used to identify and prioritize waterbodies not meeting water quality standards.  I searched for waterbodies in...
Busy as a Bee

Busy as a Bee

Image courtesy of Dave Hunter, Crownbees I am sure you are well aware that across the world pollinators are in trouble.  Their decline is attributed to habitat loss, expanded pesticide use, introduction of invasive species, diseases and pests, and climate change....