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E-M:/ March 26 - St. Joseph River Watershed Council Annual Mtg



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Enviro-Mich message from Marcy Colclough <marcydolphin@yahoo.com>
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You're invited to the 1st Annual Meeting for the  
St. Joseph River Watershed Council

"Building a bi-state organization to protect and
improve water quality in the St. Joseph River
Watershed."

DATE:  March 26, 2008, 5:30 ? 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Sturges-Young Auditorium, Sturgis, MI
COST:  $10/person includes dinner and program
materials
(Plus receive a discounted membership to the Friends
of the St. Joe River at the meeting!)

HOST: The Friends of the St. Joe (FotSJR)
SPONSORS:Potawatomi RC&D, Indiana Michigan Power,
Pheasants Forever Chapter 592, Southwest Michigan Land
Conservancy

RESERVATIONS: call 269.729.5174 prior to March 20,
2008 or send your name, address and contact
information, along with a check for $10 per person to
FotSJR, PO Box 354, Athens, MI 49011. 
You may also reserve your spot by email:
fotsjr01@sbcglobal.net 

The St. Joseph River flows from Hillsdale Michigan,
through South Bend, Indiana and then to Benton Harbor,
Michigan where it empties into Lake Michigan.  The
watershed comprises almost 11% of all the land
draining into Lake Michigan.  Michigan counties with
land in the St. Joseph River Watershed include: 
Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo,
Branch, Calhoun and Hillsdale.  There are also 7
Indiana counties that have land in the St. Joseph
River Watershed.

Every watershed resident plays a part in protecting
and improving the St. Joseph River.  Your interest and
support is very important.  We hope you will join us
for this interesting meeting!  

MEETING AGENDA:
5:30 ? 6:00 pm ? Registration/Social Time
6:00 ? 6:45 pm ? Dinner
6:45 ? 7:00 pm ? Welcome?Rudy Kappe,FotSJR Vice
President
7:00 ? 9:00 pm - Watershed Presentations -
Presentations include an overview of the watershed
management plan by Chris Bauer, Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality.  Then speakers will talk about
on-the-ground projects being implemented to protect
and improve water quality in the watershed.  Dave
Arrington will give an overview of the Little Elkhart
River Watershed plan and water monitoring program and
Jim Hudgins with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will
discuss working with private landowners to restore a
native prairie near Coldwater, Michigan.  Matt
Meersman, President of the FotSJR and Rudy Kappe,
FotSJR Vice President will inform you about the
current work of the FotSJR and their future direction.

Visit www.stjoeriver.net for information on the St.
Joseph River


Marcy Colclough
Home: (269) 288-3767
Work:  Southwest Michigan Planning Commission   
(269) 925-1137 x25    colcloughm@swmpc.org


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