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Fracking in Michigan

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Garlic Mustard

A major threat to our woodlands!

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Paw Paw River Odyssey 2010

Enjoy Kevin Haight's chronicle of his paddle from the Paw Paw Maple Lake Dam to the confluence with the St Joe River - 66 river miles!

Two Rivers Coalition

    *Monthly Meeting: 3rd Tuesday of the Month


Welcome! Explore and discover with us,
the Black and Paw Paw Rivers and all the
streams that flow into them!

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Learn what you can do to help protect and improve the wonderful resources in these watersheds. Learn about the Two Rivers Coalition, Inc., a citizen based group working to protect the health of the Black River and Paw Paw River Watersheds through conservation, education, and advocacy.

Our goal is to be your source of information about the Black and Paw Paw River Watersheds here in Southwest Michigan.  We hope our web site will provide you with accurate and thought provoking information about these watersheds and the community we live in.  We believe that an informed and engaged community is the key to making this one of the best places to live and play. Please look around and let us know if there is information that you would like for us to include on our web site. Looking for a specific topic?  Try Search at the top of the page.

The Black and Paw Paw Rivers drain lands in Allegan, Berrien, Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties.  The Black River flows into Lake Michigan at South Haven.  In Benton Harbor, the Paw Paw River flows into the St. Joseph River which then flows a short distance to Lake Michigan.  Some say that the St. Joseph River is actually the Great South Branch of the Paw Paw River.


  

Upcoming Events in 2021:

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 Paddle with a Naturalist on Three Mile Lake (Van Buren County)
                            
                  Cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday July 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us as we partner with SW x SW Corner CISMA for the popular Paddle with a Naturalist series! During these events, you'll get to join us on the water for a guided there-and-back paddle where we'll discuss native and invasive plants, water quality, and the health of our lakes.
All of these events are bring your own boat, paddle and PFD. Life vests/PFDs are required to be worn while on the water. For all events, please arrive early and be prepared to launch at the start time!
JUNE 17th: Little Paw Paw Lake, Coloma, MI (intersection of Lake Dr and Helen)
June 29th: Three Mile Lake, Paw Paw Township, MI (DNR Launch, 62975 41st St, Paw Paw, MI)

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                           PRAIRIE FEN PADDLE AND HIKE
                              Sunday July 18 at 9:00 a.m.
 

Bring your own boat and PFD and come join TRC for this rare opportunity to participate in a guided hike through two prairie fen nature preserves owned by the Michigan Nature Association. Most of our time will be spent hiking through very wet (and possibly muddy) conditions but there will be short paddles to get to both of these otherwise inaccessible preserves located on Paw Paw Lake in Kalamazoo County. We may see Marsh Blazing Star, Purple Fringed Orchid, Michigan Lily, etc. These two preserves are home to 8 out of 10 turtle species and 9 out of 13 frog species found in Michigan. Because of the sensitive nature of the fens, participation is strictly limited. You must RSVP to kevinhaight58@gmail.com and receive a confirming email to join us. Wear long pants and footwear for soggy conditions and be ready to depart from the public access on Paw Paw Lake at 9:00 a.m. 


How will Climate Change Affect              Southwest Michigan?

Attendees of the TRC 10th Annual Meeting on November 8, 2018 were treated to a highly informative and persuasive presentation by Dr. David Karowe of WMU. He explained the scientific evidence which absolutely establishes the dominant role humans are playing in the warming of the planet. He went on to explain what life will be like in the Great Lakes by the end of this century under two scenarios: business as usual (do nothing) or return to the Paris Climate Agreement. There will be rising summer and winter temps, earlier and more severe spring floods, more frequent and more intense rain events, and more severe late summer droughts. We could lose iconic tree species like White Pine and Sugar Maple. Bottom line is that if we do nothing different, by the end of the century we will not recognize the place we call Michigan. But, if we act quickly, we can still choose the type of planet we leave to future generations.

Click here to see the full presentation.


Learn more about the Paw Paw River Water Trail on their new website

www.pawpawriverwatertrail.org

  


RISK vs REWARD:

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Or Why Two Rivers Coalition is Calling for the Shutdown of Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac

At its July meeting, the TRC Board of Directors passed a resolution calling for the immediate shutdown of Line 5 which carries crude oil products under the Straits of Mackinac. My job is not to convince anyone of the correctness of this decision, but rather, to explain why we felt it was an appropriate action for a local environmental group to take. Remember, the mission of TRC is to…”protect the health of the Black River and Paw Paw River watersheds through conservation, education, and advocacy.” As a water quality organization, we believe it is just not enough to work to protect the water only until it runs into Lake Michigan.

Continue Reading Risk vs Reward (click on for full write-up)


Two Rivers Coalition Resolution Calling for Shutdown of Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac

IT IS RESOLVED THAT,

Because of Two Rivers Coalition’s paramount interest in protecting the waters of the State of Michigan and the entire Great Lakes Basin to which the Paw Paw River and Black River flow, and because the potential risk to those waters from a spill or leak from the sixty-four year old Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac is potentially catastrophic in terms of both environmental and economic damage, and because the risks of such a catastrophe far outweigh any short-term benefits to the people of the State of Michigan from continued transportation of crude oil products through Line 5,

THEREFORE, Two Rivers Coalition calls upon elected state and federal governmental representatives and relevant regulatory entities to immediately shut down Line 5.

Adopted July 12, 2017


About Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac

JUNE 26, 2017

Watch the Oil & Water Don't Mix video presentation about Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/about_line_5

Also, here is a link to a site about Line 5 run by the State of Michigan:

https://mipetroleumpipelines.com/

 

You can submit a comment to the State of Michigan about Line 5 from either of these websites.

  


 

 

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

ATTENTION: Due to high water levels, the May 5 volunteer macroinvertebrate collection has been postponed until Sunday May 19.

Sunday May 19- Volunteer Stream Monitoring/Macroinvertebrate Collection

  

Congratulations to Two Rivers Coalition and Van Buren Conservation District on being award the MiCorps Michigan Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant for 2014.  The start-up grant was for $2,923 to establish a macroinvertebrate monitoring program along the middle section of the Paw Paw River watershed, which is a tributary to the St. Joseph River.  For more information go to Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Program

 

2016 Fall Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Macroinvertebrate Collection

Paw Paw River & Black River Watersheds

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Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Morning Training & Collection

Sunday, October 2, 2016, Lawrence River Park, Van Buren County

Volunteers gathered together at 9am to learn about the Volunteer Steam Monitoring Program and Insect Collections in the Paw Paw and Black River Watershed, Van Buren County. Two Rivers Coalition and Van Buren Conservation District introduced their board members and staff and gave a short update of their organization.

Individuals were divided into six teams, assigned a team leader and sent off to their designated locations with the proper equipment.

Read more...Volunteer Stream Monitoring Article PDF 

Interview:  Two Rivers Coalition Collecting Insects From Paw Paw River

  

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Page 


Are you into horror flicks?  Here is one that will make your blood run cold: Oil and Water


 

Hydraulic Fracturing or "Fracking" - TRC"s Endorsement to Ban in Michigan

  

Motion - August 12, 2015 Board Meeting:  TRC officially endorses petition to ban fracking in Michigan because of potential threat to ground water and surface water resources in Michigan. 

The ballot summary on the circulating petition is:[8]

 

An initiation of legislation to prohibit the use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and acid completion treatments of horizontal gas and oil wells; to prohibit emission, production, storage, disposal, and processing of frack and acidizing wastes created by gas and oil well operations; to eliminate the state’s policy favoring ultimate recovery of maximum production of oil and gas; to protect water resources, land, air, climate, and public health; and to allow residents to enforce the provisions of this ballot language, by amending Public Act 451 of 1994 entitled “Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act,” by amending section 61528, 61529 and 61530.[9]

 

 

Anti-fracking ballot effort fails to collect enough signatures, seeks more volunteers (link to article)

 

Links/Information:

http://www.letsbanfracking.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgr3-sJFkzo


 

 

 

The Story of Bottled Water(Click for Video)

This page last updated on 6/29/2021.