The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council* is a public, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to work collaboratively with the community, government agencies, local officials, and businesses to improve and protect the health of the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and its watershed.
Our vision is for the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and the overall watershed to be managed, protected, and restored to maximize environmental, social, and economic values and services, and we seek to accomplish this with involvement of a broad spectrum of community stakeholders.
The goals of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council are to: 1) Promote wise stewardship and use of the natural resources of the Kalamazoo River and its watershed through education about its environmental, social, and economic issues; 2) Promote and celebrate the river as a recreational, aesthetic, and economic resource; 3) Facilitate, support, and provide technical assistance to partners addressing river and watershed issues, management planning, and funding; 4) Develop and implement resource protection and ecological enhancement projects; and, 5) Continue to function as the Public Advisory Council for all matters related to the problem of contaminated sediments in the Kalamazoo River system, advocating long-term solutions that will help produce a cleaner and safer river environment.
We deal with a wide variety of watershed issues ranging from contaminated sediments to aging dams to excessive nutrient inputs from land to water. The Watershed Council is committed to re-establishing waters that are safe for fishing, swimming, and other uses, seeking to clean up old pollution problems and prevent new ones. We adapt watershed management efforts through time with scientific research and through demonstration projects that show people how they can manage land or water with fewer negative impacts. And we keep watch on emerging watershed issues such as pathogens (e.g. E. coli), pharmaceuticals, global warming, and water quantity.
*The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council is the assumed name of this organization, which was incorporated under the name of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Public Advisory Council in 1993.