The Indian Lake Watershed Project conducted its annual meeting and recognition banquet at the Indian Lake Community Church Fellowship Hall in Russells Point Thursday.
Director Dana Oleskiewicz, of the Citizen Lake Awareness and Monitoring Program sponsored by the Ohio Lake Monitoring Society, presented on "Toxic Algae in Ohio; Implications for the Indian Lake Community." She spoke about land use and what can be done in a watershed to protect waterways from harmful algae blooms. The blooms are a type of cyanobacteria that gives off a toxin that can kill pets, cattle, and make people sick.
Oleskiewicz went on to say that so far three samples have been taken from Indian Lake by volunteer Betty Lyle. Two of the samples came back with low levels of Microcystin toxin and one had high levels. The Ohio Lake Monitoring Society is continuing its research at the lake.
Oleskiewicz comments on her presentation.
Emcee Frank Giannola spoke briefly during the event. He said local residents should be proud of what they have done for the lake and the legislature should recognize that hard work and help out with some of the lake's issues.
Giannola discusses his speech’s message.
Two scholarships were awarded to Indian Lake graduates Nathan Davis and Dustin LeVan. Davis received a scholarship worth $750 and is attending Ohio Dominican University for biology and chemistry. LeVan received a scholarship worth $500 and is attending Hocking College for wildlife management.
The Outstanding Volunteer award was presented to Nancy Roellig, Mr. Concrete was awarded Outstanding Business, and Outstanding Partner went to the Ohio Lake Monitoring Society.
Trillium Farms from Johnstown was given Corporate Appreciation and the EAGLE Award went to Betty Lyle.
Indian Lake Watershed Project Executive Director Vicky Boots speaks about the awards.
The treasurer's report estimated that the Nashville Hitmakers Fundraiser generated $25,300. The profit will be shared with Indian Lake Schools.