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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.

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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Up Coming Events:

 

**We need water trail advocates for the Apr 28 Legislative Day;
**Volunteers are needed for the May 3 Stream Monitoring


Apr 25     Tales From the River   So Haven Library
Apr 28     Michigan Trails Legislative Day  - Lansing
Apr 29     Water Tension & the Great Lakes Pack - South Haven,   

Lake Mich College

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


 


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

Very Interesting!


 

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Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

 

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Water Safety Thoughts for Volunteer Stream Monitoring 

 

Congratulations! 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

 

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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**

 

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An important video for our times...

              (Please share it with this link: www.TwoRiversCoalition.org)

 


 

 

 

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Where do you wash your car? It matters!


Check out our list of publications and reports regarding water quality issues here.

 

 

This page last updated on 4/22/2015.