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Southwest Michigan Water Partnership

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The Southwest Michigan Water Partnership is a coalition of municipalities that are working together to educate Southwest Michigan residents about protecting water quality and reducing water pollution.  To better protect water quality, greater participation is needed in Southwest Michigan.  All counties, cities, villages, townships, businesses and organizations are invited to join the Southwest Michigan Water Partnership.

 

What Municipalities are in the
Southwest Michigan Water Partnership? 
 Berrien County Administration/Drain Berrien County Road Commission
 Cass County Administration/Drain Cass County Road Commission 
 City of St. Joseph  Lincoln Charter Township 
 City of Bridgman  Village of Stevensville
 City of Buchanan  Village of Edwardsburg
 City of Niles  Village of Grand Beach
 St Joseph Charter Township  

How can I join? Contact Marcy Hamilton at hamiltonm@swmpc.org or (269) 925-1137 x1525  

 

The Berrien and Cass County NPDES-MS4 Group is comprised of the municipalities and counties that are in the MS4 program to reduce pollutants to surface waters of the State. Their permits require these municipalities to conduct public education, test stormwater outfalls for pollutants and perform pollution prevention activities.  Below you will find the Public Education Plan and the meeting agendas and minutes from this group.

 

Public Education Plan and Municipal Commitments

MiWaters – Water Resources Information and Forms - Create and manage Permit Applications and Service Requests

   

-MS4 Permitting Water Resources Division Presentation

 Municipal Storm Water Training Video is available to use.  [Click here to view full size picture]
Municipal Storm Water Training Video is available to use.

Training Videos

Remember to document all training of staff.  You can use this sign-in sheet.  


Municipal Storm Water Pollution Prevention Best Management Practices Training DVD (pictured right) is available for municipalities to borrow.  Please contact Kris Martin martink@swmpc.org or 269-925-1137 x 1521


“Parks Staff Keep Water Clean”

A spoof on the typical boring training video, this piece was developed for the parks and public works folks that mow lawns, rake leaves, and keep property clean. In eight short minutes, the video stresses a few basic things employees can do to keep local streams and rivers clean.

 

“How to Spot and Report Stormwater Pollution”

This video is a tool to train non-storm water, municipal personnel to be able to recognize and report water pollution while traveling the community to conduct municipal business.

 

“Various Municipal Best Management Practices (BMPs)” 

        Stormwater Pollution Prevention Training Series - Excerpts


Winter Maintenance Videos (Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, the University of Minnesota, and Fortin Consulting)

        

 Public Education Materials on Water Quality

Through the Public Education Program of the Phase II Storm-water Program, SWMPC has developed several fact sheets, news articles and other items that can be utilized.

This page last updated on 9/28/2017.
 
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  
 
 
 

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