Adams County soil directly related to western Lake Erie - Berne Tri-Weekly News

Adams County soil directly related to western Lake Erie

Streams, creeks and ditches in the northern three-fourths of Adams County that drain into the St. Marys River are directly connected with the western Lake Erie Basin and protection of its waters. Deb Jimison, resource specialist for the Indiana Department of Agriculture, told a group of farmers who live in the area of Blue Creek, that water from the creek drains into the St. Marys River. That river, said Jimison, eventually joins up with the St. Joseph River in Fort Wayne and combines to form the Maumee River which drains through northwest Ohio into Lake Erie. “That watershed is a contributor to phosphorous solution in the St. Marys watershed,” said Jimison. “The northern three-fourths of Adams County drains into the St. Marys River. “Human activity directly affects the water quality,” continued Jimison. “Chemicals and fertilizer attach to soil particles and go along for the ride. Of major concern is phosphorous. The more we can reduce the sediment that leaves the... Read More >