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Posted on: May 11, 2022

City of Warsaw Stormwater Project Restores Fishing Pond

Stormwater Kelly Park Pond Image

Residents may remember casting a fishing line at Kelly Park pond or snagging a bite from a bluegill or smallmouth bass and reeling it in. Back in the 90s, this small 1-acre pond was a recreational fishing spot for Warsaw residents. But over time, the pond filled with sediment and nutrients, negatively impacting the pond’s health. Now, the fish population and diversity is low, due to the lack of water depth and oxygen. What once was fished by many, is now a sediment pond.

The cause? Stormwater runoff, sedimentation, and nutrients. 

Through partnerships and extensive studies, the City of Warsaw is confident in their plan to improve and preserve the Kelly Park pond.

The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College assessed Kelly Pond in 2015 and in 2019, and their research team found a good opportunity for improvement.  "We are excited that the City of Warsaw Stormwater Utility is working to improve the drainage area around the pond as well as the pond itself," said Dr. Nate Bosch, Director of the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams.  "This will be a great asset for our community." 

A stormwater project will begin in May, coordinated by Warsaw Stormwater Utility. To protect the pond from stormwater runoff, sedimentation, and nutrients, the project will reroute storm lines, remove pond inlets and outlets, and establish a strong natural shoreline. Along with this, improvements like increasing pond depth, utilizing aerators, installing a fishing pier, and fish stocking are planned.

“This project illustrates the critical importance of understanding the science to solve a problem that will benefit the environment and the community, “emphasized Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer.  “The added value is the recreational impact this project will have on the neighborhood.”


Stormwater Kelly Park Pond Image 2

Current Kelly Park Pond

Stormwater Kelly Park Pond Image

Rendering of Kelly Park Pond Project

Stormwater Kelly Park Pond Image

Rendering of Kelly Park Pond Project

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