The work of CLTLC is guided by 3 focus areas: water quality enhancement, natural areas preservation, and environmental education.
Our efforts in program planning and project completion aim to enhance water quality, protect important natural areas, and educate and inspire the community in ways they can help keep our cherished corner of the state healthy, vibrant, and natural!
Kasota Island Shoreline Protection Project
Kasota Island is disappearing at a rate of 2-4 inches each year.
We are working on plans for a 2 year project that will protect the shoreline from further erosion. By installing a bioengineered seawall the shoreline will be protected from erosion due to wave action on the lake. If funding is secured construction will start in the Fall of 2017 on the north, west, and south shores. The remaining east shore section will be completed in Fall of 2018.
The island is an important space for wildlife and for our community. The sandy beach areas that are exposed each summer will still remain. The shoreline will be protected with glacial stone and multiple access points will be installed. For more specific details please view the project brochure.
Restoration at the Clear Lake Nature Preserve
The restoration goals at our Clear Lake Nature Preserve are to enhance and restore the ecosystem health, diversity, vitality, and beauty back to an open oak woodland or oak savanna.
Converting this 45 acre tract to an open oak woodland requires a selective harvest and a prescribed fire. Over the next several months large equipment will remove carefully selected trees from Brennan Woods and other portions of the Clear Lake Nature Preserve. Removing these carefully selected trees will help us reach our restoration goal of opening up the canopy to allow more light to reach the forest floor.
We are planning to work with Blue Heron Ministries to conduct a prescribed fire of our 45 acre preserve using professionally trained staff and equipment. The fire will help us control invasive species and burn the excess under brush.
Finally, we are hopeful to install a hiking trail through the preserve. We hope that by creating the trail we will help protect important features of the preserve while encouraging exploration and enjoyment of this beautiful property. Let us know if you have ideas for the route and trail design!
LARE Funded Dredging on Clear Lake
Accumulated sediment in Clear Lake impacts recreational capacity, diminishes habitat, and can degrade water quality.
The Lake and River Enhancement Grant (LARE) funded a Sediment Removal Plan. This plan identified areas of the lake affected by sedimentation, defined the amounts present, and outlined a process for removal. Once the plan was completed the sites were submitted to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR’S) LARE program to fund the actual dredging. After site visits, the IDNR selected four of the six sites as fundable, high priority sites.
The northern channel in Quiet Harbor was hydraulically dredged in the fall of 2015. The lakeside-outlet of the Cyrus Brouse ditch along South Clear Lake Dr, the area around the public launch including the Harry Teeters ditch up to Lakeside Court, and the area near the Round/Clear Lake bridge was recently dredged. The contractor removed over 600 cubic yards of sediment. The material was used to fill in a historically mined gravel pit at Brennan Woods.
Koeneman Lake Dam Reconstruction and Sediment Removal
Preserving and maintaining Koeneman Lake enhances the water flow into Clear Lake.
For most of the summer our Koeneman Lake Nature Preserve and trail were closed. Partnering with the Clear Lake Lutheran Church for access, we were able to dredge the lake, and rebuild the dam. With a stable dam in place, the lake can continue serving as the settling point for sediment and pollutants flowing through the Harry Teeters ditch on the way to Clear Lake. For the complete story visit our News & Events Section.
The Knee-high Naturalist program, presented annually in the month of July, consists of four 1.5-hour workshops on environmental topics such as wildflowers, trees, invasive species, fish, and watershed awareness.
Children of all ages are welcome with an adult chaperon. The goal is to increase awareness about our natural environment and to educate and inspire the children to serve as Knee-high Naturalists in their backyards, on the playground, and in their communities. We provide real examples of how they can make a positive impact on our environment.
A program for adults which hosts speakers, workshops, and events that provide educational opportunities for the community to learn about our natural resources and ways we can protect and enhance them. Check our events page for our upcoming offerings.
- St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative
- Moody & Crew Farms
- Clear Lake Association
- Land Trust Alliance
- Steuben County Lakes Council
- Town of Clear Lake
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources
- U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
- Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Steuben County Community Foundation
- Clear Lake Lion’s Club
- Clear Lake Lutheran Church