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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


Welcome! Explore and discover the Black and          ..

Find TRC on FacebookPaw Paw River Watersheds with us!


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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.


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]





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

Up Coming Events:

September 30 - Beth Wallace, Kalamazoo River Oil Spill and Pipeline Safety, Van Buren Conference Center, Lawrence MI

Kalamazoo River Oil Spill: Five Years Later

In July of 2010, the worst oil spill on inland waters in U.S. history occurred on the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, MI. To mark this anniversary, Two Rivers Coalition (TRC) will host Beth Wallace speaking on “The Kalamazoo River Oil Spill: Five Years Later” on Wednesday, September 30. The event will be held at 7:00 PM at the Van Buren Conference Center at 490 S. Paw Paw Street in Lawrence, MI. The Conference Center is located one mile North of Exit 52 on I-94 and Lawrence is located approximately 20 miles west of Kalamazoo.

Beth Wallace, formerly of the National Wildlife Federation, will speak about the incident in which over 800,000 gallons of tar sands oil leaked from an Enbridge pipeline into the Kalamazoo River and which remains the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. Her talk will address how the spill occurred, the lingering effects on the environment 5 years later, and whether Southwest Michigan remains at risk of similar pipeline disasters because of an inadequate regulatory framework.


”This is a timely and extremely important talk on an issue that concerns everyone, but especially residents of Michigan where several pipelines are located. Was the Enbridge spill 5 years ago just an aberration that we can now put behind us, or was it the proverbial canary in the mine warning us of hidden dangers in our pipeline system?” questions Kevin Haight, President of TRC, a non-profit environmental organization concerned with water quality issues in Southwest Michigan.

Beth Wallace works as an outreach consultant for Great Lakes pipeline safety issues and also writes and manages SURF Great Lakes, a journal which works to sustain, unite, restore and fortify Great Lakes protection. For six years, Beth worked for the Great Lakes Regional Center of the National Wildlife Federation where she was a lead organizer for initiatives that support and protect Great Lakes communities, natural resources and wildlife from fossil fuel extraction. 

Beth saw first hand how this oil spill affected the communities where she had grown up. Since that time she has been one of the leading pipeline safety advocates in the region working to ensure proper response and accountability. Beth has testified before Congress and the National Academy of Sciences on the effects of spills on the environment, wildlife, economy, and local communities. In addition, Beth is a member of the Board of Directors for the Pipeline Safety Trust, a national organization that promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University.


October 4 - VSMP collection event



On Sunday, October 4, the Fall macro-invertebrate collection event for our Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program will take place. As in past years, volunteers will meet at the River Park in Lawrence at 9:00 a.m. and should be finished collecting insects from streams by 1:00 p.m.


Nov 4 and 5 - MiCorps Conference, presentation

December 9- TRC Annual Meeting

*Check out the latest updates on the South Haven Harbor and Black River Events!



The Story of Bottled Water(Click for Video)



Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

 ***Upcoming Event - October 4 - VSMP collection event

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 A Beautiful Day for our Volunteers!

Thanks Everyone!

March 3rd & 4th VSMP Events


 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




One of the most exciting projects that Two Rivers Coalition {TRC} was involved in this year was the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program {VSMP}. TRC partnered with Van Buren Conservation District {VBCD} to apply for a start-up grant through the Michigan Clean Water Corps {MiCorps}. The goal of the program, which is funded by the Department of Environmental Quality {DEQ}, is to establish benthic macro-invertebrate sampling on streams throughout the state. Benthic macro-invertebrate sampling is just a fancy way to say catching insects that live in streams and recording the data. The presence {or absence} of certain families of insects is a surprisingly good indicator of water quality. This is because some insects {like stoneflies} will not tolerate degraded conditions. Stoneflies are considered sensitive and will only live in cold, clear, clean streams. Other insects {like the side-swimming scud} can live in almost any body of water.  Also, in keeping with the basic principle of biodiversity, the greater the variety of insect species in a river, the healthier the river eco-system is likely to be.


Read more...Volunteer Stream Monitoring Article PDF 

Interview:  Two Rivers Coalition Collecting Insects From Paw Paw River


**Two Rivers Coalition and the Van Buren County Conservation District submitted a full grant proposal on February 12th for continued stream monitoring through MiCorps**




Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Page


 ***October 4 - VSMP collection event


This page last updated on 9/28/2015.