The Sisters of Providence use untreated lake water from the east side of their grounds at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as irrigation for their organic gardens and orchards, as well as the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball and soccer fields.

The reserve, complete with goldfish to control mosquitoes, is located near the Facilities Management offices.

This irrigation system is one of many ways the Sisters of Providence are making efforts to live more sustainably and work toward achieving their goal of hope and healing for Earth.