Judy Reneker Burd presents the Bill?Reneker Community Service Award to Center for Lakes and Streams Dr. Nathan Bosch Thursday night. Photo provided.
Judy Reneker Burd presents the Bill?Reneker Community Service Award to Center for Lakes and Streams Dr. Nathan Bosch Thursday night. Photo provided.
WINONA LAKE – Dr. Nathan Bosch was given the Bill Reneker Award for community service Thursday at the Winona Lake Community Appreciation Dinner at?Westminster Hall at Grace College.
The award is given annually to someone who has worked to improve the Winona Lake community.
Bosch is the director of the Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College.
He is the 23rd person to receive the award since it began in 1994. The award went to Bosch for his work in preserving and working on Winona Lake.
“He seems to have boundless energy and has accomplished so much in collaboration with others in the time he has been here, that I often wonder if he ever sleeps,” said Judy Reneker Burd, who presented the award on behalf of the town and the Reneker family.
Earlier in the evening, Bosch was the keynote speaker of the event. He talked about the importance of the lake to the town’s economy.
He said  the  unusually warm weather has the kept the lake from mixing like normal. The effect is that there is no cold water refuge for fish, making it harder for them to survive in the lake.
Often, he tests the water with his group for temperature and depth.
He said the goal is to keep the lake “young”  to preserve the lakes for further generations.
He mentioned threats to the lake, such as blue green algae, and efforts taken to curtail those threats.
“The lake is the heart of the town,” he said.
Town Coordinator Craig Allebach gave updates on the town projects for the year. He pointed to the completion of the Muirfield  subdivision project and continued work on the greenway.
During the summer, the town entered into a partnership with Warsaw as strategic partners to increase better connectivity for the two municipalities. The goal is to continue to take care of the many miles of walk and bike trails every year.