Anna Burke, Kosciusko Lakes and Streams Program Manager, received the Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Purdue University, recognizing her completion of Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy, at a ceremony in Indianapolis on May 25, 2011.
The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy builds local capacity to protect and manage water quality. Burke attended five days of training and completed nine distance education modules to complete certificate requirements, learning to engage watershed stakeholders, use innovative computer tools in watershed management, develop an effective plan, and evaluate watershed outcomes.
Jane Frankenberger, Director of the Academy and Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering said “The graduates of the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy are pioneers in leading watershed management programs across the State. They have committed the time and effort needed to strengthen their technical competence as well as leadership skills that are vital in bringing about water quality improvements.”
KLAS was established in 2007 to preserve and promote water quality in Kosciusko County primarily through research and education. KLAS works collaboratively with many organizations to create strategic initiatives to improve water research, track all local water quality information, educate and mobilize lake associations and water quality organizations, improve local K-12 science education, and empower the general public to practice stewardship of natural water resources.