Press release: Friends of Lake Monroe planning Lake Monroe Day celebration for September 18, 2022

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Tuesday:

“FOR RELEASE ON September 1, 2022 Contact: Iris O’Donnell Bellisario, Executive Director
Phone: 812-508-6811
Email: [email protected]

[BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, September 1, 2022] —Friends of Lake Monroe is pleased to
announce a new annual celebration, Lake Monroe Day. We anticipate announcements from
local government officials issuing proclamations declaring Sunday, September 18, 2022 to be
“Lake Monroe Day.” Friends of Lake Monroe intends to make this an annual event moving

Lake Monroe has been used as a drinking water source since 1967 and currently provides
drinking water to over 130,000 people. Lake Monroe generates over $40 million in economic
impact annually in our region from recreational tourism. Lake Monroe and its adjacent
wetlands provide critical habitat for wildlife including the bald eagle. Every resident, community
and business depends on clean, abundant water and we must do our part to protect this valued
resource for generations to come. We invite our community to come together to recognize the
importance of Lake Monroe and make a commitment as a community to protect and preserve
the lake.

Friends of Lake Monroe is organizing three events in celebration of Lake Monroe Day and would
like to invite the public to join us in celebrating Lake Monroe on September 18, 2022.


Pine Grove Paddle
Sunday, September 18, 2022 4 pm – 6 pm
David Rupp of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours will lead a guided kayak trip at the Pine Grove SRA
(accessed via Pine Grove Road off SR 446, approximately 20 minutes south of Bloomington).
This Friends of Lake Monroe member event is FREE and includes the use of boats, paddles,
PFDs, and binoculars for those who need them – but is limited to 10. No experience necessary.
Participants should wear proper paddling attire and bring their own drinks and snacks (Dry bagssuggested for non-waterproof gear). Email questions and RSVPs to
[email protected]

Lake Monroe Celebration
Sunday, September 18, 2022 5 pm – 8 pm
Upland Brewing Wood Shop, 354 W 11th St., Bloomington, IN 47404
Celebrate the importance of Lake Monroe by joining us for a festive evening at the Upland
Brewing Shop. Friends of Lake Monroe will provide music and appetizers. This is a great chance
to get to know other lake supporters and to learn more about our ongoing work preserving and
enhancing Lake Monroe.

City of Bloomington Utilities Drinking Water Treatment Tours
Sunday, September 18 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Have you ever wondered where the water coming out of your kitchen faucet comes
from? Join staff from the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) for a tour of the Monroe
Water Treatment Plant. Learn about the treatment process that turns water from Lake
Monroe into our drinking water and how that water is distributed to taps throughout
Bloomington. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and close-toed shoes are
required. Capacity is limited so register today at
Registration for events can be found:
Friends of Lake Monroe is a 501(c)3 non-profit that was formed to protect and enhance Lake
Monroe and its watershed through science, advocacy, and public involvement: working
collaboratively with citizens, government, and business to improve and support lake water


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Iris O’Donnell Bellisario at
(812)-508-6811 or [email protected].”

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