Working on removal

We have failing, defunct dams along the Kalamazoo River that linger in large part because they hold back contaminated sediments.  This is one of the costs of deferring the cleanup of contaminated sediments.  Several of these dams are long past their useful and safe lifespans.  State agencies and other local stakeholders have been diligently working to align both funding and …

Silver Carp Photo

Futher monitoring finds no eDNA from Asian carp

Earlier this summer the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found environmental DNA, or eDNA from Asian carp in the Kalamazoo River, prompting further surveillance efforts.  State and federal agencies are closely monitoring the Great Lakes region for evidence of Asian carp, a group of invasive carp species that would have a devastating effect on …

Asian carp environmental DNA found in Kalamazoo River

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan Department of Natural Resources are working to increase awareness about Asian carp.  Populations of this invasive species have not been found in the Great Lakes system, but recent monitoring results indicate the presence of genetic material of Asian carp, such as scales, excrement, or mucous in the lower section of the Kalamazoo …

Enbridge wrapping up Morrow Lake dredging

Enbridge is completing the final phase of dredging operations at Morrow Lake in eastern Kalamazoo County.  Local leaders report that the dredging operations are going very well and all indications are that the dredging will be completed later this fall, on schedule.  Read the recent article to hear what the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council’s president has to say in regards …

Last chance to register for Kanoe the Kazoo, July 12

Our next Kanoe the Kazoo paddle trip will be held on Saturday, July 12.  The group, led by the Calhoun Conservation District, will paddle down the Kalamazoo River starting at Perrin Dam in Marshall and ending at Saylor’s Landing.  Contact Tracy Bronson at the Calhoun Conservation District for more information and to register (269) 781-4867 x5.

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.

Annual Kalamazoo Legislative Breakfast

Join the Kalamazoo Environmental Council at our annual Legislative Breakfast on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 am at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Take time to engage with our local state and federal legislators and their staff about environmental and natural resource policy issues. Register online (https://naturecenter.thankyou4caring.org/kec-legislative-breakfast-2014) Or RVSP by email (kay.chase@wmich.edu) Cost (for breakfast @ 7:30): $10 Program only …

Partnering with Freshwater Future

In partnership with the City of Kalamazoo, we recently received a Climate Change grant from Freshwater Future to launch a rain barrel campaign to raise awareness about stormwater runoff and water conservation. In the face of a changing climate, it is more important than ever to start managing runoff as a resource, consider everyday things we can do to control …

Kalamazoo River Leaning Trees

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 …

EPA Superfund public meeting, December 4, 2013

EPA recently announced their next public informational meeting for the Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo (map). According to EPA’s latest fact sheet, the purpose of the meeting is to update the community about the recently completed PCB cleanup at Portage Creek …