In April 2013, the Van Buren Conservation District completed a three-year project funded by a $806,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality through the U.S. EPA Federal Clean Water Act. The focus of the project was wetland protection and restoration, and built off the watershed management plans developed for the Paw Paw and Black River Watersheds. The projects three main focus areas include:
Questions? Please contact Watershed Coordinator, Erin Fuller at 269-218-0199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since European settlement, between 50 and 60% of our original wetlands have been converted for agriculture or development. Wetlands are crucial for protecting our drinking water, protecting property from flooding and providing habitat for wildlife.
Wetlands perform a variety of functions for us; they filter our water, store floodwaters, provide habitat for wildlife, and much more. For more information, see our Landscape Level Wetland Functional Assessment brochure: LLWFA_brochure2