Van Buren Conservation District

Covid-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent uptick in cases in Michigan, the Van Buren Conservation District is primarily working from home. Email is the best way to reach us, as we are checking voicemails infrequently. Please visit the staff link to obtain the staff member's email address that is appropriate for your inquiry. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we do our part to keep our staff and the rest of the community safe!

Black River Watershed

Black River Watershed Management Plan, updated September 2009  (PDF; 3.17 MB)

Appendices (PDF; 4.46 MB)

The Black River encompasses approximately 287 square miles in Allegan and Van Buren Counties in Southwest Michigan.  The river flows into Lake Michigan at South Haven.  The mission of the Black River Watershed Project is to promote watershed management practices that will restore and maintain the Black River as a healthy sustainable aquatic environment supporting the economic, educational, and recreational needs of the community.

Great news! The Van Buren Conservation District has been awarded a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Paw Paw and Black Rivers Wetland Protection and Restoration Project.   The project will run from October 2009 to October 2012.

For more information about previous projects in the Black River Watershed, please visit here.

Contact the Black River Watershed Coordinator at

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