(L to R) Dr. Nathan Bosch, Director, Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College; Tiffany Peterson, KLA Cadet sponsored by Lake City Bank; Kacey Anderson, KLA Cadet sponsored by KLA; and Heather Harwood, Executive Director, Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation. Photo Provided
(L to R) Dr. Nathan Bosch, Director, Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College; Tiffany Peterson, KLA Cadet sponsored by Lake City Bank; Kacey Anderson, KLA Cadet sponsored by KLA; and Heather Harwood, Executive Director, Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation. Photo Provided
On Sept. 10, the Kosciusko Leadership Academy cadets visited the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams where Director Dr. Nate Bosch spoke about the economic impact of lakes on the local economy and the work the Lilly Center does to care for lakes.

The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation also discussed the work they do to care for area lakes.

The 2016 economic impact study done by the Lilly Center showed $313 million is brought into the local economy annually because of the lakes. With over 100 lakes and nearly 600 miles of streams in Kosciusko County, it is the county’s greatest natural asset.

The Lilly Center works to protect the lakes through a strategy of research, education, and collaboration. The Lilly Center collects samples from the lakes, has K though 12 education programs, holds the annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, and works with local companies to keep the lakes and streams healthy.

The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation works to help locals care for water resources. They protect over 10 miles of shoreline and 51 wetland areas totaling over 900 acres.

The Kosciusko Leadership Academy is in its 37th year of continuous service to our county. KLA conducts bi-weekly morning sessions around the county to expose leaders to a wide variety of local topics and experts. The annual whitepaper projects have yielded many benefits to the citizens of Kosciusko County. For more information, visit www.koscsciuskoleadership.org