Event Highlights Importance of Watersheds to Community

By Todd Sattison, Programs Coordinator, WPC

The City of Auburn is proud to be part of the upcoming Watershed and Spread event on March 2 from 6:30-8 at Middaugh Hall at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds (708 S. Union Street Auburn, IN 46706). Hosted by the St. Joe River Watershed Initiative, Dekalb SWCD, Purdue Extension and the City of Auburn, this free educational event is relevant to every citizen.

Why You Should Care about Watersheds
Watersheds are more than just drainage areas in and around our communities. They are necessary to support habitat for plants and animals, and provide drinking water for people and wildlife. Water from rainfall or snowmelt that doesn’t evaporate or soak into the soil runs into ditches, streams, wetlands or lakes. The land area where the water drains from is a watershed.

How Watersheds Become Polluted
Even if you don’t live on Cedar Creek, you may be contributing to the pollution of creeks, lakes and streams. Cedar Creek is larger than its shoreline. It’s part of a larger system—a watershed—and flows into St. Joseph River, Maumee River and eventually Lake Erie.

Attend the March 2nd event to hear Dr. Chad Penn, Research Soil Scientist with USDA-ARS, explain:

  • Common activities, such as pet waste, lawn care, automotive maintenance and farming, that contribute excess nutrients, sediment and pollutants to Cedar Creek
  • How pollutants carried from the watershed can harm fish and plant life in lakes and rivers—and, in some situations, contaminate well water and other drinking water sources

Let’s do our part and keep Indiana’s watersheds clean. We can start together on March 2. Hope to see you there!

Contact Todd Sattison at the City of Auburn WPC 260 925 1714 or e-mail tmsattison@ci.auburn.in.us.