What are the Problems?

The Kalamazoo River is notable for the great tragedy of historical industrial pollution with some of the most extensive contaminated sediments in the U.S. It is perhaps surprising, then, that this watershed also harbors some of the best preserved examples of Midwestern United States habitats including headwater streams, wetlands, and floodplains, and has several large areas of contiguous forests and grasslands that are publicly accessible in state parks and game areas.

There is growing interest among residents and governments in the region to clean up existing pollution and prevent new problems. People have come together with the help of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council to develop several long-term plans for restoring and protecting the valuable natural resources connected with the Kalamazoo River.

The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council always welcomes volunteers. Register your interest today!