|WELCOME TO THE MEANDRS HOME PAGE|
For our Accomplishments and Goals see "More MEANDRS".
Want to know how to get invovled? see Activities.
Want to go with the flow ? - - see DRS up close.
Delve into the history of the DRS.
Study the issues in Science.
What benefits can restoration have for the future of the Dowagiac region?
Our Projects Page has details on Dodd Park and Small Stream Restoration.
Enjoy our wildlife gallery.
How to contact MEANDRS.
Links to some of our partners and other places of interest on the Web.
See an Dodd Park Restoration Project Update for Autumn 2000
NOTICE: You are invited to attend MEANDRS Montly meetings at the Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
The Dowagiac River, rises in Van Buren County, and flows through Cass and Berrien Counties into the Saint Joseph River north of Niles, Michigan.
Photo by Randy Rea
Groundwater dominated streams are distinctive.
These same mechanisms drive the world famous trout streams of northern Michigan, such as the Au Sable, which have large groundwater aquifers and stable cold stream flows.
Balanced restoration of the DRS holds promise as natural asset to benefit the region.
Its location near the major urban areas of Chicago, South Bend, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids would make it a major recreational attraction in southwest Michigan. -- Jay Wesley
M E A N D R S
The ecological possibilities of the DRS, particualarly as a trout stream, have long been recognized, and since its inception in 1995, MEANDRS has generated a good deal of public interest.
MEANDRS has a governing board made up of riparian property owners and local government officials, with technical advisors from regional and State authorities and other interest groups. The group is multi-faceted and is working toward improving the DRS for recreation and other uses while maintaining and respecting the rights of riparian owners, farmers, and other stakeholders within the watershed.
-- "Pokagon Township Reflections" by Barbara Wood Cook and Grafton H. Cook II