TIPPECANOE ENVIRONMENTAL LAKE & WATERSHED FOUNDATION INC

Taking Action for Healthy Lakes

aka The Watershed Foundation   |   North Webster, IN   |  www.watershedfoundation.org

Mission

To protect and improve water quality in the lakes and streams of the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Lyn Crighton

Main address

PO Box 55

North Webster, IN 46555 USA

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Formerly known as

Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation

EIN

35-2020845

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water Quality Improvement Projects

TWF takes action to stop potential water pollution problems at their source. TWF works with landowners to implement these volunteer projects. Examples of agricultural conservation best management practices include no-till, cover crops, buffers, grassed waterways, and precision nutrient management. Examples of residential practices include shoreline stabilization, lawn and garden practices, and septic management. These efforts reduce sediment and nutrient inflows to our lakes and streams.

Population(s) Served

The shoreline and landscape of the Winona Lake Limitless Park are contributing to poor water quality and creating health and safety hazards for residents and park visitors. The old seawall is a crumbling safety hazard. The remaining shoreline is eroding, diminishing water quality by adding sediments and algae-inducing nutrients to the lake. Finally, the park’s turf grass along the shoreline is attracting an overpopulation of Canada Geese. The amount of goose droppings spread throughout the park’s lawn, trails and Splash Pad, present a public health risk. This health hazard is particularly concerning for young visitors to Limitless Park who may already have a compromised immune system.

A Kosciusko Leadership Academy (KLA) team has been formed to develop a white paper project for this need. The team is working with TWF to implement solutions to these problems.

1. Installing a healthy shoreline with a mix of glacial stones and native plants along the 500 linear feet of shoreline from the edge of Winona Lake Limitless Park’s public swimming beach to Cherry Creek.
2. Incorporating a plant buffer along the shoreline and landscaping throughout the park that is a deterrent to Canada Geese, but still attractive to park visitors.
3. Renovating the detention basin adjacent to the Splash Pad parking lot to more effectively infiltrate runoff and remove pollutants before the stormwater enters Winona Lake.
4. Implementing public education for park visitors, as well as Winona Lake and Town residents. Topics will include:
a. Current threats to the park and Winona Lake, as well as planned solutions and project timeline.
b. Why native plants and glacial stones are good for water quality and the lake ecosystem.
c. How they can help by pledging lake-friendly behaviors, especially to not feed waterfowl.
5. Collaborating with the Town of Winona Lake and the Parks Department to develop and implement additional strategies for reducing the quantity of waterfowl and their waste.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

MORE THAN 100 CITIZEN SCIENTISTS COME TOGETHER FOR A SINGLE DAY EACH SEPTEMBER TO COLLECT, TEST AND ANALYZE WATER SAMPLES FROM ALL ACROSS OUR WATERSHED. TWF useS the valuable data collected to combat water quality degradation in our lakes and streams.

Along with local college students and school children, members from the community give their time to learn about andmeasure important indicators of our water’s overall health such as dissolved oxygen levels, pH, temperature, E. coli and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence 2012

State of Indiana

Affiliations & memberships

North American Lake Management Society 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TIPPECANOE ENVIRONMENTAL LAKE & WATERSHED FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Andrew Grossnickle

Beers, Mallers, Backs, and Salin

Term: 2022 - 2024

Ryan Drake

Lake Tippecanoe

John O'Neill

Chapman Lake

Greg Hall

Chapman Lake

Aggie Sweeney

Pike Lake

Joshua Thompson

Barbee Lakes

Natalie Fierek

Lake Tippecanoe

Dave Smith

Big Lake

Diane Quance

Pike Lake

Michael O'Connor

Lake Tippecanoe

Michael McGuire

Center Lake

Alex Hall

Winona Lake

Chris Plack

Warsaw-area

Tom Snyder

Lake Tippecanoe

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/18/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.