KLAS Awarded New Grant

Rich Haddad, K21 Health Foundation, with Nate Bosch and Ron Manahan, Grace College, overlook Lake Tippecanoe from the Tippecanoe Lake Country Club. Lake Tippecanoe is one of the 44 Kosciusko County lakes included in a blue-green algae study being conducted by Grace College's applied research center, Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, with the help of funding from the K21 Health Foundation.

The K21 Health Foundation has awarded Kosciusko Lakes and Streams (KLAS) $200,000 to be used toward lake and stream research in Kosciusko County, focusing on blue-green algae.

“Lakes and streams are vital to the community. We want to acknowledge how important water is to the health of residents in Kosciusko County. We’re thrilled to renew our commitment with KLAS in researching ways to take preventive action against the blue-green algae concern,” said Rich Haddad, K21 Health Foundation President and CEO.

KLAS hopes to better understand what causes blue-green algae to grow in local lakes and how it can be stopped.

“Blue-green algae is one of the most important human health issues related to lakes in northern Indiana. We appreciate K21’s contribution to our research along with support from Grace College, private donors, and other local foundations,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, KLAS Director.

Blue-green algae produce varying levels of toxin that can put human health at risk. Skin contact can cause skin irritations or rashes while ingestion can result in liver and kidney disease or even death. KLAS will use the grant funding to study blue-green algae toxin levels to protect county residents from potentially hazardous lake conditions.

“I thank the K21 Health Foundation, a truly important county asset, for joining with KLAS in this vital county research” said Grace President, Ron Manahan.  “I am grateful for the fine work of Dr. Bosch as he leads KLAS, a research center on the Grace campus. Our campus is privileged to serve our county through this research initiative.”

Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is a community-based research center at Grace College focused on applied research, educational outreach and advocacy that builds community capacity to promote, enjoy and properly steward Kosciusko County’s lakes and streams.  According to Bosch, “This algae study is a perfect fit for KLAS’s mission as it is an applied research project that helps us more safely enjoy and more effectively protect the lakes in our region.”

To learn more about KLAS, visit www.water.grace.edu.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees and on-campus and online degree completion programs. The newest initiative—Grace College Weber School—is a highly affordable, easily accessible two-year degree program in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

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