in the southwest portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and
the northern portion of Indiana, the St. Joseph River Watershed
spans the Michigan-Indiana border and empties into Lake Michigan
at St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Michigan. Being a bi-state watershed,
little coordinated effort concerning its management has been undertaken.
A unique opportunity now exists to unite a range of often independent
or disjunct interests in a manner that offers flexibility to a
broad range of stakeholders with a common purpose. A Watershed
Management Plan for the St. Joseph River basin will be prepared
through funding by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
It will include not only multiple jurisdictions in Michigan, but
unites interests in both Michigan and Indiana, a mission heretofore
not attempted for this significant river system. The Friends
of the St. Joe River Association, Inc. is the lead organization
for this watershed management effort. The Association was established
in April, 1994 for the purpose of joining communities in the watershed
into a concerted effort to protect and restore the river's natural
resources. KIESER &
ASSOCIATES of Kalamazoo, Michigan is providing technical services
and website design and programming for this project.
on the "Work Plan & Tasks" button at the left to
review the actions envisioned for the project. The blue box below
identifies the specific tasks in the Work Plan. The underlined
task numbers have been completed or are currently being worked
on, and provide links to additional information.
the state guidelines for the development of a Watershed Management
has developed new guidelines for Watershed Management Plans,
referred to as the USEPA 9 Elements. The Rocky
River Watershed (MI) Management Plan has been approved for
the 9 Elements.