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Students Release Salmon in Paw Paw River

180 students in Mrs. Jane Larson's six 6th-grade science classes have been carefully raising Chinook salmon from 217 eggs since November 2012.

New Black River Nature Preserve Will Protect Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) has been awarded a $250,000 matching grant to purchase and restore 120 acres of forest and wetland along the banks of the Black River, 3.5 miles east of South Haven. SWMLC proposed the project to the GLRI Joint Venture grant program in partnership with the Conservation Research Institute (CRI), Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD), Two Rivers Coalition (TRC), and the Bangor to South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association (BSH/HWTA). SWMLC and its partners in this grant will provide their expertise in ecological restoration, management and public outreach efforts.

Watervliet Dams Removal Project - Paw Paw River Restoration Project Overview and Benefits. June 2011

Maple Lake, Paw Paw - While the following was  prepared especially to report on lake saving progress in Maple Lake, the information presented has broad applicability to our watersheds.  April 4, 2011

Lake saving in progress...

What's going on with Maple Lake in Paw Paw?  The Village has prepared a very interesting and informative booklet to let you know. While some of the problems described therein are specific to Maple Lake, many are applicable to all of our lakes and streams. October 7, 2010

Funding for Watervliet Dam removals comes through.  By Annette Christie, Watervliet Tri-City Record - September 23, 2010

Stop polluting and be someone who improves the environment

April 28, 2010 - Kalamazoo Gazette Letters to the Editor

Have you ever wondered why people in the world who don't have running water are getting sick and dying? It is because of polluted water. Water pollution is when chemicals get into lakes and rivers or even groundwater.

I am a seventh grade student attending Mattawan Middle school and I have always wondered what the cause of water pollution is and how it can affect us. I did some research on it and thought that I would inform other people about how it's caused and how it affects people and animals.

Water pollution is a very serious issue. It can kill plants, fish and animals. Water pollution is bad for the environment and can influence global warming. Everyday things that people do in cities are things that contribute to water pollution. For example, dumping paint or oils down the drain is really bad because the chemicals can seep into the groundwater that you drink. Throwing trash on the roads may cause that trash to wash into lakes or rivers.

We can do things to reduce water pollution. Watch what you throw down drains. Don't litter the road, forests, or other natural habitats. Be aware of what other people around you do. The Earth is not going to get cleaned up unless someone starts cleaning it up. Be that someone.

Hannah Walker/Mattawan

Van Buren County ban on phosphorus fertilizer aimed at protecting water.  By Lynn Turner - Special to Kalamazoo Gazette - April 12, 2010



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