State of the River Report released March 18, 2011. Fifteen years of water quality monitoring, educational efforts and assistance to land owners hasn’t eliminated the threats to water quality in the St. Joseph River watershed.
Read the State of the River report to learn what has been done and what still must be accomplished to improve water quality. (click picture)

Festival Time!

Festival Time! Stop by and see us at many of the festivals throughout the St. Joseph River Watershed.  The SJRWI will be partnering with soil and water conservation districts to promote the actions we know you hold dear— those that lead to the Improvement and preservation of water quality.  We are currently making plans to attend the following festivals:
 
Leo-Cedarville Freedom Festival
July 4, 2014
Riverside Gardens - Schwartz Road
Leo-Cedarville, IN
(http://fireworksinindiana.com/events/leo-cedarville-freedom-festival/)
 
Pre GLOW EXPO
(Montpelier Bean Days Balloon Festival)
Saturday, July 19, 2014 (9:00am – 9:00 pm)
At Williams County Fairgrounds
(http://www.montpelierchamber.com/)
 
14th Annual Pickle Festival
July 24-26, 2014
(We will be present only on Saturday, July 26, 2014)
St. Joe, IN
(www.stjoepicklefestival.com)
 
Huntertown Heritage Days
August 01-02, 2014
(We will be present only on Friday, August 01, 2014)
 
2nd Annual Summer Festival - Hamilton, IN
Saturday, August 23, 2014
 
40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival
September 20-21, 2014
(http://www.johnnyappleseedfest.com/)
 
83rd Dekalb County Free Fall Fair
September 22, 2014 - September 27, 2014
 
Please stop by and talk to us!
As an added bonus for stopping by, you can sign up for a drawing to be held at our Annual Meeting later this year.  Drawing prizes include:

  • 6 Month Individual Membership to Spiece Fitness
  • $75 towards services at Spiece Day Spa
  • (2) $15 Air Boat-1 Gift certificates good for one Airboat Ride each
  • (2) $15 Air Boat-1 Gift certificates good for one Airboat Ride each
  • $25 Gift Certificate for the Leo Café
  • (1) Gift Pack from Sechler’s Fine Pickles
  • $10 Gift Certificate from Cooper’s Café in St. Joe
     

Hope to see you there!

CHECK THIS OUT!
Informational Videos:
 
1. What's a Watershed? and Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC)
 
2. What Do Rubber Duckies have to do with Nonpoint Source Pollution? Two Public Service Announcements from IDEM
 
3. Upgrading the water quality of the St. Joe River Watershed Management Plan video  

Working to re-establish the online capabilities of the water quality database!

IPFW Computer Science students have begun working with Environmental Resource Center (ERC) director Bruce Kingsbury on designing an online database interface for water quality data from the St. Joseph River and its tributaries. This collaboration is an expansion of the ERC’s project with the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative (SJRWI).  The intention of this project is to re-establish the online capabilities of the database so that is accessible to all who are curious about what’s in our water (IPFW Environmental Resources Center). More updates to come!

Middle St. Joseph River Watershed Managment Plan Approved by IDEM
Over the past three years, the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative and the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District, with the assistance of Sustainable Natural Resource Technology, (SNRT) along with many organizations and individuals in DeKalb, Williams, and Defiance Counties have been working hard on developing the Middle St. Joseph River Watershed Management Plan. The plan was recently approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
 
Watershed Management Plans identify impairments in the watershed and create a plan to address them in order to improve the water quality of a community’s rivers, lakes, and streams. The plan is a guidebook for helping improve and protect the water quality of the region. “The plan belongs to the whole community, which is why we strove to include the input of as many partners as possible,” Jennifer Thum, St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative Project Manager stated.
 
The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative hosted several meetings and presentations to raise awareness of the watershed management plan update and gather insights into the Middle St. Joseph River Watershed Management Plan.
 
From these discussions and visits to several locations within the watershed, the plan was developed to address the issues facing the watershed. The plan identified the increased need to permanently protect land within the watershed as well as limiting livestock in the rivers and streams, preventing sediment from county roads entering the waterways, and educating landowners on maintenance of their septic systems.


The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative’s work to improve and protect the water quality of the Middle St. Joseph River Watershed does not stop here. The Initiative is continuing to participate in implementing the plan as part of the Middle River Watershed Steering Committee.

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

The following businesses, agencies and organizations have helped sponsor our Outreach and Education programs 

Allen County Parks and Recreation (www.allencoparks.org)

Allen County SWCD (www.allenswcd.org)

DeKalb County SWCD (www.dekalbswcd.org)

Steuben County SWCD (www.steubenswcd.org)

Williams County SWCD (www.williamsswcd.org)

Farmers and Merchants Bank, Biotill Cover Crops, Midwest Ag Finance, Rupley Farm Equipment, Bunge North America, Farm Credit Service of Mid-America, Liechty Farm Equipment, DEKALB/Asgrow, Brodbeck Seeds, Edon Farmers Co-op, Bennett Seeds, The Andersons, Alliance Agra, North Central Co-op, Paul Martin and Sons LLC, Nester Ag LLC, Agridry LLC, Archbold Equipment, Williamson Insurance Agency, Agra Warehouse, Max Delagrange.

We appreciate the help our sponsors give!

Septic Systems: Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind
A new DVD is now available. The video explains what a septic system is, what it does, and how problems can be prevented through regular inspection and proper upkeep. Copies are available at the health departments and soil and water conservation districts in Allen, Noble and DeKalb counties.

 

To watch the video online, go to www.co.allen.in.us/acowmd or visit the Allen County’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/allencountyinfo

Lower St. Joseph-Bear Creek Watershed Management Plan
The final version of the Lower St. Joseph-Bear Creek Watershed Management Plan has been completed and approved by IDEM. This effort has produced some very important data about the Lower St. Joseph and Bear Creek sub-watersheds. With the mapping and water quality data collected for this planning effort, it will be easier to target management techniques and changes in land use that will have the greatest impact on water quality in the St. Joseph River. The plan can be accessed below.