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The Galien River Watershed
The Galien River Watershed is located in Southwest Michigan and is approximately 82,200 acres located in Berrien County and emptying into Lake Michigan in New Buffalo. In Michigan, this watershed contains 62% rural land, 23% forest land, and 5% urban land, with the remainder being streams and lakes. The Galien River Watershed encompasses areas of prime farmland, Warren Woods Preserve, and a portion of the City of New Buffalo where the Galien River flows into Lake Michigan.
A collection of natural resources maps relevant to the Galien River Watershed, located in Berrien County, Michigan. The maps provided are intended for assessments and planning purposes to improve environmental conditions in the watershed.
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Galien River Watershed Workshops
Garden Club Presentation on the Galien River Watershed Nov 19th
Low Impact Development Workshop helded on March 1st
Landscaping and Gardening Workshop helded on March 3rd
Natural Areas Mapping Workshop
Galien River Watershed Water Pollutants
Galien River Watershed Ecosystems
Septic System Maintenance (Berrien County Health Dept.)
Press about the Watershed
August 2011-Galien Watershed protection is the focus of public mapping workshop.
Harbor Country News
Download the Galien River Watershed Fact Sheet
Results of the Galien River Watershed Survey SIDMA Pilot Project
Build Out and Stormwater BMP Analysis for the Galien River Watershed
If you are interested in learning more about this analysis and how it can be used in your community's land use planning and zoning efforts to better protect water quality, please contact Marcy Hamilton at the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (email@example.com or 269-925-1137 x 1525)
One way that people can help keep our waters clean is to have a properly working and maintained septic system. Use water efficiently this includes, using efficient dishwashers and washers and using then when they are full, maintain your plumbing to eliminate leaks, taking shorter showers. Don't flush or pour hazardous chemicals down the drain, or use your septic system as a trash can.
For more information check out the local Berrien County Heath Department or Public Education Materials on water quality.
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NPS Analysis - A nonpoint source pollution analysis was conducted for the Galien River Watershed and was presented to the Steering Committee. The presentation can be viewed here:
Galien River Watershed Fact Sheet
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Report (Galien River)
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Report (Deer Creek)
Galien River Watershed Management Plan Addendum
Galien River Watershed Map
Septic System Information
Special Places in the Galien River Watershed MAP
Watershed Project History and Goal
Phone: 269.925.1137 Fax: 269.925.0288
Galien River Watershed presentation
Deer Creek TMDL
Natural Area Workshop
Galien Water Pollutants
Galien Online Data Description