HARTFORD and WATERVLIET, MI — Over the next few months, the Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) will be conducting a survey of residents in the Pine and Mill Creek Watersheds in Hartford and Watervliet. About 200 residents will receive surveys in the mail. The survey will help identify knowledge of and interest in home and lawncare practices that help keep our streams, rivers and lakes clean.
The Pine and Mill Creek Watersheds are located in Berrien and Van Buren counties and encompass portions of Hartford, Keeler, Watervliet and Bainbridge Townships as well as portions of the cities of Hartford and Watervliet. Pine and Mill Creeks join the Paw Paw River, which flows in the St. Joseph River and then into Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph.
This survey is the first step of a larger project that will provide education and assistance to residents and farmers to implement management practices that reduce bacteria, pathogens, sediment and excess nutrients that enter our waterways.
The Paw Paw River Watershed provides critical economic and quality of life benefits to our community. For more information visit www.VanBurenCD.org or please contact Erin Fuller at (269) 657-4030 x5 or firstname.lastname@example.org.