Rotary learns of water impact

Clean water, specifically in lakes and streams, was the subject of a recent program at the Columbia City Rotary Club. Lyn Crighton, director of the nonprofit, Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation, gave an overview of the many different facets of the organization - from working with lake associations, consulting with farmers, to acting as an adviser to municipalities attempting to increase the quality of the water moving through the watershed.Crighton explained that a watershed is a body of land where all freely flowing water in rivers, lakes, and streams tends to flow in a specific direction. “All of the water from Whitley County flows into the Wabash River, then into the Ohio, the Mississippi, and ultimately out into the Gulf of Mexico,” said Crighton. “Columbia City first drains to the Eel River. The northern parts of the county drain to the Tippecanoe River. The Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed encompasses 114 square miles and includes 50 lakes. The watershed is comprised of parts of Kosciusko, Whitley, and Noble counties. It starts with Crooked Lake at the top of the watershed.”To read the rest of this story, see the May 8 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.