August is Water Quality Month, but we also spend the rest of the year ensuring Indiana’s water is clean and available.
— Conservation Law Center

What is Water Quality Month?


August is National Water Quality Month. This month we're celebrating all natural freshwater ecosystems — starting with drinking water and including rivers, lakes and streams. Did you know that Indiana waters support a billion-dollar resource economy? This includes agriculture, recreation, and industry.

High water quality and availability are important to a high quality of life. We can each do our part to reduce water pollution and improve water quality. Learn how this month!

Use #WQM17 in social media to raise awareness that water is an irreplaceable resource.


60% of earth’s freshwater is used for agricultural purposes.
— Liz Lafary, Indiana farmer, landowner and healthcare professional
Nothing compares to taking a walk along the waterfront of Lake Michigan, one of Indiana’s most beautiful natural landscapes.
— Laura Pannekoek, homeowner and resident of Northwest Indiana
[Friends of Lake Monroe] is concerned about water quality in the lake and in the watershed.
— Sherry Mitchell-Bruker, retired hydrologist
Honey bees are just as reliant on a clean water source as we are.
— Wyatt Wells, Chief Marketing Officer at The Bee Corp
The Clean Lakes Program... allows for a lot of outreach and education for the general public.
— Melissa Laney, Indiana Clean Lakes Program


Every resident, visitor, and critter in Indiana uses water. Various organizations throughout the state work hard to care for this valuable resource and keep it available.

Changing factors like climate and population growth put more demand on freshwater ecosystems. Learn more about the current state of quality, availability, and management of water in Indiana.

Freshwater Facts

Climatic Regions
There are eight climatic regions in Indiana where different plants and animals prefer to inhabit. All of them depend on abundant, clean water.

Freshwater systems are essential for drinking, industry, agriculture and economic development.

Indiana's fresh waters sustain a billion-dollar recreational economy including such activities as boating, fishing, canoeing, and wildlife watching.

Fragmented Management
Numerous agencies and organizations (such as IDEM, IURC and DNR) are responsible for pieces of the puzzle, but nobody provides overall coordination.

There are six major watersheds in Indiana: Wabash, Ohio, Lake Michigan, Illinois, and Maumee. There are also dozens more tributary watersheds within those major ones.

80% of Indiana water utilities surveyed say water pollution affects their ability to deliver the quality and quantity of water they need.

IDEM says raw sewage pollutes at least 7,000 miles of Indiana’s streams and rivers.


Indiana State Water Agencies with Responsibilities for Water


Other Water Groups

*sponsors of Water Quality Month!



You are a key player in Indiana water quality and can show your support by taking action! We have a few suggestions for you.

1. Post a video, photo, or message about why water quality and availability is important to you.

BONUS: Invite your friends and family to share, too!

2. Read "Water and Quality of Life in Indiana," the 2017 Water Report funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

3. Take a Pledge through Clear Choices Clean Water, the national water quality campaign.

4. Stay informed about what comes next. Water Quality Month is just the beginning of a push for better water policy and management in Indiana. Keep up in your inbox.

5. Make a donation to any of the water groups listed above. You could also make a gift to Conservation Law Center's water initiative to take legal action!

Are we missing something? This is a community project so let's collaborate!



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