Watersheds, Water Quality & Wetlands
Southwest Michigan drains to Lake Michigan. Learn more about Lake Michigan here.
The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is involved in many water quality related projects. Our mission is to protect and improve the water quality in southwest Michigan. However, for that to happen we need every resident, landowner, business owner, and local official to be involved! Several municipalities have already joined forces to help. Learn more by clicking on Southwest Michigan Water Partnership (Berrien and Cass NPDES-MS4 Group).
NEW - The Friends of the St. Joseph River were recently awarded an EPA grant to advance wetland protection and restoration in the St. Joseph River Watershed! Learn more here.
Southwest Michigan Watersheds (Black, Dowagiac, Galien, Kalamazoo, Paw Paw, Rocky, St. Joseph, Lake Michigan, Great Lakes)
What is Stormwater?
What Can You Do?
Education Resources - fact sheets, news articles, etc
Low Impact Development
Southwest Michigan Water Resources Council
Featured Project - Hickory Creek Watershed
Featured Project - Paw Paw Watershed
Lake Michigan Academy
Green Infrastructure Workshop
Register for Landscaping Workshop
Southwest Michigan Water Quality Partnership
Pick Up After Your Pet
Become an Advocate
Getting Involved In a Watershed Project
Other Common Household Practices
Septic System Care
Lawn Care Practices
What Can You Do?
What Should You Know?
Great Lakes Basin
Lake Michigan Watershed
Stormwater Management (Phase II - NPDES) - Be Stormwater Savvy!
Dowagiac River Watershed
Black River Watershed
Galien River Watershed
St. Joseph River Watershed
Lower St. Joseph/Galien River Watershed (NPDES)