of the St. Joe River Association has completed work on a management
plan for the St. Joseph River watershed. The management plan,
funded by a Clean Water Act Section 319 planning grant administered
by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), is
the culmination of over 2 years of work by dozens of dedicated
volunteers from agencies and organizations from both Indiana and
Michigan. The primary purpose of the 319 planning grant is to
help local stakeholders identify non point sources of pollution
that impair water quality and work collaboratively to formulate
strategies to address those sources. With the completion of the
management plan, local communities will have information they
need to protect and improve water quality. Implementation of the
plan depends on the continued interest, enthusiasm, and hard work
of local communities and individuals. The plan includes:
description of the watershed (e.g. location, land use, natural
history, population, geology, & hydrology)
background & development
& threatened designated uses
on pollutants, causes, & sources
& objectives for improving water quality
on critical areas for preservation, urban storm water management,
& agricultural storm water management
plan can be viewed and downloaded at the project web site: www.stjoeriver.net.
A limited number of hard copies and CDs are also available. The
St. Joseph River watershed spreads out over 15 counties in southwestern
Lower Michigan and northwestern Indiana, drains 4,685 square miles,
and contains some of the nation's best salmon, trout, walleye,
and bass fishing. The St. Joseph River begins at Baw Beese Lake
near Hillsdale and flows over 210 miles before emptying out into
Lake Michigan at the City of St. Joseph.
of the St. Joe River Association, a nonprofit established
in 1994 by Athens, MI residents Al and Margaret Smith for the
purpose of cleaning and restoring the river and its tributaries,
was awarded the planning grant by the MDEQ in the Fall of 2002.
The Friends organization managed the project in its entirety.
Kieser & Associates
of Kalamazoo, MI served as technical consultants. For further
information, please 269-729-5174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
more information on non point source pollution, visit http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/.
For more information on the St. Joseph River and the watershed
management plan project, visit http://www.stjoeriver.net.