What is a watershed? How does land-use affect water quality and stream bank integrity? These were some broad-based questions we tried to address in the annual Watershed Open House held at the Historic Vermilion-on-the-Lake Community Clubhouse. The building, once a bustling dance hall among several like it along the Lake Shore, this one in the style of a rustic log cabin, is nearly a century old. The event was long-organized by the late Bob Sasala, now Barb Brady has taken a lead role in holding this important, educational event.
Col. Nahorn once again represented the Beaver Creek Watershed Group, an affiliate of the New Indian Ridge Museum, at this event. We displayed maps, documents, and graphics highlighting watershed awareness and particularly what landowners can do to reduce impact on area creeks and rivers. “Education is key,” Nahorn stated, as he shared voluntary actions landowners can take around their property, such as maintaining a well-vegetated riparian buffer along all streams (both regularly and intermittently flowing); reducing lawn fertilizer use; installing a rain barrel; using permeable surfaces and pavers instead of concrete; and using native vegetation in landscaping. We were very pleased with attendance both regarding display participants and those who came to visit the displays.
(Photography courtesy Jean Rounds, NIRM) April 1, 2017