Document Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-24-2013

Abstract

The Little Calumet East Branch (LCEB) is a 10-digit hydrologic unit code (HUC) watershed that ultimately discharges into Lake Michigan. The watershed begins in unincorporated LaPorte County and discharges west through unincorporated Porter County, converges with the West Branch of the Little Calumet River, and finally discharges into Lake Michigan via the Burns Ditch Waterway. A water quality monitoring study was performed in the summer of 2012 as part of the watershed management process led by a not-for-profit organization, Save the Dunes. Save the Dunes’ Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network (GLISTEN) liaisons initiated weekly monitoring at eleven LCEB sites for nine weeks during the summer 2012 recreational period. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) conducted monthly monitoring of 48 sites in the LCEB including the sites monitored by the GLISTEN liaisons. Parameters measured for in the watershed included nitrogen, pH, phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, water flow, and Escherichia coli.

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