Thank you Water Festival volunteers!

In September we brought back the Kalamazoo Water Festival after a five year hiatus. Since the last festival lots has happened on the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and the watershed and we were ready to celebrate all of the good work that has been accomplished.  The festival was a great success and we owe a huge “THANK YOU” to the …

Public meeting June 30 on Allegan Dam Fishing Access

The DNR is proposing new improvements to the Allegan Dam for fishing access.  There will be a public meeting on June 30 at 6:30 pm at the Allegan District Library located at 331 Hubbard St.  Check out the full announcement for additional information.

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Kalamazoo Community Foundation supports watershed management planning

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation recently announced the Spirit of Community Environment Fund grant recipients for 2014. The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council’s proposal to conduct non-point source inventories along the Kalamazoo River and connecting tributaries in Kalamazoo County was selected for funding. We are grateful for their support and look forward to advancing our watershed implementation plan. As part of this …

Allegan State Game Area meeting, June 20th

Want to learn more about management of the Allegan State Game Area and provide input? The Kalamazoo River Protection Association will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 20 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the auditorium of the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center located at 2891 – 116th Avenue (M-222) in Allegan. The meeting will focus on …

Kalamazoo TMDL meeting

Please join us on Thursday, May 16 from 9:00 – 11:00 am for our quarterly meeting of the Lake Allegan/Kalamazoo River Phosphorus TMDL Implementation Committee. We meet at the Kalamazoo Water Reclamation Plant at 1415 Harrison St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Click to download the meeting agenda. For questions, please contact Tom Dunn, Implementation  Committee Chair.

Consider native plants this spring

“I am interested in native plants, but what should I plant in my yard?” Join us for the answer to this commonly asked question and learn why, what, and how to include native plants in your landscape. Plus, learn how to design your home landscaping to improve water quality, prevent erosion, reduce flooding, save water, and provide wildlife habitat. “Native …

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River Voices features article about Kalamazoo River

The Kalamazoo River and the Watershed Council were recently featured in an article in River Voices, a publication of the River Network. Our article, “Cleanups: Beyond Trash” was part of a special series highlighting 25 lessons learned by 25 different watershed organizations working to protect and restore rivers and their watersheds. The article, written by Dr. Stephen Hamilton, describes several …

Last chance to register for Kalamazoo Legislative Breakfast

The Kalamazoo Environmental Council (KEC) is hosting the annual legislative breakfast on Monday, March 11 from 7:30 – 9:30 am at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. As a member of KEC, we invite you to join us as we talk with our state and federal lawmakers about protecting and managing Michigan’s natural resources for future generations in the face of global …

Phosphorus TMDL meeting and Kalamazoo River 319 project kick-off

The Lake Allegan/Kalamazoo River Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Committee will meet on the morning of February 21 at 9:00am at the Kalamazoo Water Reclamation Plant, 1415 N. Harrison Street. Download a copy of the meeting agenda. This meeting will serve as the kick-off meeting for the Watershed Council’s 319 project. The purpose of the project is two-fold: …

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River history & renewal

A History of Exploitation and Degradation During the 1800s, people used the abundant water resources of the Kalamazoo River for waterpower, navigation, and fisheries, among another uses. Hydroelectric dams built along the river provided power as early as 1900, with seven dams along the main river and over 100 in the overall watershed by the 1930s. Later the river became …