How to Get Involved

Hoosier Riverwatch

There are many opportunities to get involved with water conservation.

Become a Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer! This program, administered through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will train you to monitor your local stream for habitat, water chemistry and other parameters. Find a training session by looking at the Hoosier Riverwatch Training Schedule.

Hoosier Riverwatch volunteer looking at a sample.
Hoosier Riverwatch volunteer looking at a sample

Storm Drain Marking:

Marking your storm drain helps others understand that when something goes down the drain, it goes directly to our lakes, rivers and streams. If you or your group are interested in storm drain marking, please contact Nicole Messacar at 219-326-6808, ext. 2115.

Lake Hills Elementary School 4th grade students did a storm drain marking project.
Lake Hills Elementary School  4th grade students did a storm drain marking project.

Join a Group!

There are several groups working locally to help clean-up and restore our water ways. The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association has adopted Trail Creek.  They hold various events and stream clean-ups.

The Trail Creek Watershed Group meets monthly and holds various outreach events. Find them here. The group is currently implementing the 2007 State Approved Watershed Management Plan. You can read that plan here.

Educational Opportunities:

If you are interested in a program or speaker on watershed management, water quality, stream health, etc. contact Nicole Messacar at the LaPorte County SWCD. 219-326-6808, ext. 2115