In 2002, the FotSJR was awarded an EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 grant. This grant would help to develop a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for the entire St. Joseph River Watershed. The WMP would unite stakeholders in both Michigan and Indiana in a concerted effort to address water quality issues and natural resource protection across jurisdictional boundaries.
Completed in 2005, the WMP continues to provide the community with a plan that both facilitates and guides the implementation of measures to improve and protect water quality within the river system.
The plan meets the EPA's latest requirements, allowing local governments and other organizations to apply for additional Section 319 funding to implement projects that are consistent with the goals of the plan. Since its inception, the WMP has supported the allocation of almost $3 million for watershed education, planning and implementation projects.
For more detailed information on the process that went into developing the St. Joseph River Watershed Management Plan, visit http://www.stjoeriver.net/.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the St. Joseph River WMP.