Steuben County Lakes Council Monthly Meeting

8:30 am  





Digging Deeper Workshop

Mike Werling Farm in Decatur, IN

8:00 am





One Farm at a Time, One Field at a Time

Tri-State Technical Training Field Day

9:00 am





Bank on your Roots     2255 W Union St.     Ligonier, IN 






Steuben County Life Classes begin

6:00 pm





NRCS Local Working Group

1220 N 200 W, Suite L Angola, IN

6:30 pm





Steuben County SWCD  Board Meeting

1220 N 200 W, Suite L Angola, IN

7:00 pm





Steuben County Life Class

6:00 pm





Steuben County Life Class

6:00 pm





For information on any programs, contact us at (260) 665-3211 ext:3






September 14, 2018


     The Steuben County Health Department is reminding residents to be watchful for the presence of a blue-green algae during recreational activities such as swimming, wading, and water-skiing.

     Blue-green algae are organisms that grow and live in brackish or fresh waters.  They can grow quickly and can increase in abundance with increased temperature, sunlight and nutrients.  They are commonly called blue-green algae because of the visual appearance of the water as they live near the surface of rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs.

     Exposure to a blue-green algae bloom can lead to rashes, skin and eye irritation, and other unpleasant effects such as nausea, stomach aches, and tingling in fingers and toes.

     Since every lake, river or other type of waterbody in the state cannot be tested; we recommend that swimmers and boaters be careful in all recreational waters this time of year.

     Precautionary measures include avoiding contact with visible algae and swallowing water while swimming.  Also, it is always a good idea to take a bath or shower with warm, soapy water after swimming.  If you should experience any symptoms after water recreational activities, please contact your doctor.

     For further infrormation about blue-green algae, please visit the website, www.algae.in.gov.

     Individuals who think they have come into contact with blue-green algae should wash with soap and warm water and follow-up with a primary care physician.


The information below regarding animal exposure to blue-green algae is provided by the Steuben SWCD; this information can be found at:


     If you see blue-green algae bloom in the water or where you visit, DO NOT not allow pets or livestock to swim in or drink from areas where blooms are seen.

     If pets swim in scummy water, rinse them off with soap and water immediately.  Do not let them lick the algae off their fur.

     Animals are susceptible to blue-green algae injury because the scum can attach to their coats and be swallowed during self-cleaning.

     Clinical signs of exposure in animals to blue-green algae includes vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, weakness, and seizures.  If your animal shows any of these clinical signs listed above after coming in contact with an algal bloom, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The Steuben County SWCD would like to remind all citizens to maintain their septic systems as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SepticSmart Week, September 17 - 21, 2018, a national observance designed to educate homeowners and communities about the importance of caring for septic systems.


According to the EPA, more than 1 in 5 households in the U.S. depend on septic systems to treat their wastewater.  Nearly 39% of Hoosiers use septic systems to treat wastewater from their homes and businesses.  About 15,000 septic systems are installed and about 6,000 are repaired in Indiana each year.  Proper maintenance of these systems is a critical part of protecting public health.


Homeowners with septic systems are urged to follow these tips:

  • Have systems inspected every 3 years by a licensed contractor and have tanks pumped every 3 to 5 years, or more frequently if necessary.
  • AVOID pouring fats, grease and solids down the drain.
  • DO NOT flush hazardous chemicals such as gasoline, oil, antifreeze or paint, which can stop the biological breakdown of waste.
  • Monitor water use and spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day.  Too much water at once can overload a system.
  • NEVER park or drive on a system's absorption field where the vehicle's weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow.
  • DO NOT plant trees or bushes near drain fields.




 The Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) is one of our nation’s most significant collections of inland rivers and streams. The WLEB covers over 7 million acres and it encompasses most of northwest Ohio, as well as portions of northeast Indiana, and southeast Michigan. WLEB information can be obtained through the WLEB website provided.

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