Defenders of Soil, Air, Woods, Water and Wildlife
Our Conservation Mission:
To conserve, maintain, protect and restore the soil, forest, water and other natural resources of DeKalb County and Northeastern Indiana; to promote means and opportunities for educating the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.
Who We Are:
We're part of a diverse group of more than 50,000 people dedicated to protecting America's natural resources. Our strength is in a grassroots, commonsense approach to local, state and national conservation issues. Our individual interests span outdoor recreation and conservation activities from angling and birding to stream monitoring, wildlife photography and hunting. But we all share one major goal: to protect and sustain America's rich resources to ensure a high quality of life for all, now and in the future.
The Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) was founded in 1922 "to save outdoor America for future generations. " Named for 17th-century English angler-philosopher Izaak Walton (picture at left) who wrote The Compleat Angler, the IWLA organized the nation's first water pollution inventory in 1927 and helped pass the first federal water pollution contol act in the 1940's. Water quality is still the top priority for "the Ikes," and the DeKalb County IWLA takes a special interest in protecting Cedar Creek, one of Indiana's outstanding small rivers and part of the watershed of the St. Joseph River .
The DeKalb County Chapter was formed in 1971 in response to local concerns about air pollution and the felt need for a county park system. The DeKalb County Chapter provides special judges and awards for the annual Northeast Indiana Tri-State Regional Science Fair at Tri-State University in Angola for projects related to conservation and ecology. In 2001, DeKalb Middle School student Letitia Deardorf received an Ikes award for her project, "Stop Dumping Your Car Oil." 2002 DeKalb IWLA awards went to Alex Caprino, 3rd grade, McKenney-Harrison School, Auburn; David Argast, 2nd grade, J.E. Ober School, Garrett; Cory Buchs, 8th Grade, DeKalb Middle School, Waterloo; and James Morrow, Freshman, DeKalb High School, Waterloo.
The 2003 fair was held March 15. Awards went to David Argast, J.E. Ober Elementary School, Garrett ("Water Quality in a Small Indiana Lake"), Ryan Schlosser, DeKalb Middle School, Waterloo ("Metals in Vegetables"), and Melissa Barber, DeKalb High School, Waterloo ("Daphnia Drugged: Effect of Pharmaceutical Combinations on Daphnia"). Honorable mentions went to: Henry Smaltz, J.R. Watson Elementary School, Auburn ("Destruction of a Coral Reef"); Arthur Franke, Prairie Heights Elementary School, LaGrange ("Amazing Fuel"); Chelsea Zahner and Kirsten Warfield, J.E. Ober Elementary School, Garrett (Joint Project: "Fuel from Feed"); and Zachary Merkling, St. Mary's School, Avilla ("Mallard Imprinting").
No awards were given in 2004 or 2005.
2006 awards were presented to: Nick Prentice, West Noble High School; David Argast, Garrett Middle School; Megan Stoy, Angola Middle School; Jordon Younce, West Noble Middle School; Christopher Clemens, Ryan Park Elementary School, Angola; Kortnee Morris, Fremont Elementary; Abigail Bainbridge, Parkside Elementary School, LaGrange.
Recipients of 2007 awards were: Pete Gallagher, DeKalb High School ("Solar Energy"); Hannah Morton, East Noble High School ("Bioremediation"); Susan Parrish, East Noble High School ("Mercury Contamination of Bluegills in Lakes"); Kayleigh Warner, DeKalb Middle School ("Biomass for Fuel"); Jordan Younce, West Noble Middle School ("Bioremediation of Detergents"); Brandon Doehrman, McKenney-Harrison Elementary School, Auburn, ("Earthworms and Plants"); Leah Hefty, McKenney-Harrison Elementary School, Auburn ("Alternate Pesticides"); Collin Bice, Waterloo Elementary School, ("Monarch Butterflies"); Gabrielle Dohney and Ariel Osborn, Westview Elementary School ("Effects of Second-Hand Smoke").
Kyle Bassett, Lakewood Park Christian School, Auburn, received the 2008 award.
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