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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.



        The Story of Bottled Water(Click for Video)


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

Up Coming Events:

May 3      Volunteer Stream Monitoring - Collecting  
May 4      Volunteer Stream Monitoring - Identifying
May 19    Great Lakes Island Adventure - St Joe
May 23    Great Lakes Island Adventure - South Haven


    TRC will host its first speaking event of the year on Thursday evening, May 28th. Julia Kirkwood of the Michigan DEQ Water Resources Division will give a power point presentation : Restoring and Protecting Inland Lakes with Natural Shorelines.



    Lakeshore development has caused significant adverse effects on fish and wildlife habitat and water quality in many Midwest lakes (EPA 2007). The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) was formed in 2008 to promote the use of natural landscaping and erosion control to protect Michigan’s inland lakes. The partnership brings together technical expertise and organizational support to address informational, educational and policy needs related to natural shoreline development. The presentation will include information on MNSP education programs and supporting resources to promote and implement natural shorelines, an overview of different techniques, discussion of wave energy importance in natural shoreline design and native plant recommendations.

    This presentation will be from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday May 28th. The location will be at the North Dining Room of the VBISD Technology Center at 250 South Street in Lawrence, MI. Please note that the Technology Center is NOT the Conference Center and is actually across the street from the our Annual Meeting location, VBC Conference Center.

**Natural Shoreline Landscaping Page


May 30- Community Paddle on PPR : Watervliet to Coloma



TRC will host a paddle trip on the Paw Paw River on Saturday morning, meet at 10:00 a.m., group paddle begins at 11:00 a.m., May 30th. Participants will paddle from Hayes Park in Watervliet along three meandering miles of wooded floodplain corridor to Coloma and exit at Paw Paw Lake Road approximately at 1:00 p.m..  Contact Kenneth Nesbitt at to make arrangements for a loaner kayak. 


June 18- Wetlands Working for Your Community, 4:00 p.m. St. Joe, MI

June 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,Three Rivers  

Shoreline Landscape Workshop: How to Protect and Enhance Your Property

July 19-Community Paddle Maple Lake

July 22- VBCD Maple Lake Workday

August 1- River Rescue on Paw Paw and Black Rivers

December 9- TRC Annual Meeting [VBCC reserved]

August 15- Community Paddle on PPR : Bundy Rd. to Coloma Rd.

September 19- Community Paddle on Black River

September 20 and 21-VSMP Collection/Identification events

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


** 2015 Two Rivers Coalition River Paddle Events Page Has Been Updated 

Missed the annual meeting?  Presentation slides can be found here.

Very Interesting!




Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program


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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












This page last updated on 9/1/2015.