Partnership for MEANDRS Projects

These fall into three categories:

 Information and Education
Habitat Improvement and Restoration
Balanced Resource Protection and Development

This is how you can get involved: please check this bulletin board often, and if there is something you'd like to join in on, just send us an e-mail and we'll hook you up with the project leaders.

Information and Education
  •  Image Bank - are you a photographer or do you have a collection of images that could enhance our image bank? 
  • Programs for Targeted Audiences - do you have a group or target audience that would be interested in a presentation? 
  • Public Relations and Promotions - would you like to join this ongoing effort? 
  • Drain Stenciling - in the fall of 2000 we plan to get youth groups involved in stenciling warnings at selected drain sites to discourage dumping. Would your class, scout troup or family like to pitch in? 
  • Land owner information & guidance. Are you a concerned landowner with questions or would you like to reach out to one? 
  • "Watershed Facts" handout - e-mail if you have a distribution point and would like supplies. 
  • MEANDRS Website: if you have ideas for improving this website, please let us know. We are also interested in help developing the wildlife gallery and volunteers for maintaining the site in the future.
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Habitat Improvement and Restoration
  •  Stream Clean-ups: Check with us for the dates. The seasonal clean up is a fun and worthwhile project for the whole family. E-mail for more information. 
  • Local Habitat Improvement Projects: we have a number of smaller stream improvement projects on-going. These involve a fair amount of significant LABOR. If you are game to participate, contact us for more details. Follow the link on our Projects Page for more information. 
  • Major Meander Restoration - this is one of our key activities. See the details on our Projects page. If you have input on identifying future projects or can contribute to getting permission from landowners or funding for land acquisition, we'd like to know you better! 
  • Volunteer work for Dodd Park. If you'd like to join in, let us know.
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Balanced Resource Protection and Development
 Resource Protection
  • Information to landowners 
    • Riparian protection 
    • Floodplain management 
    • Wetland protection 
The above items are in the hands of the appropriate regional and state agencies (NRCS/SCD/EQIP). If you have concerns or input please let us know.

We are pleased to note that the Dowagiac River was named a Conservation Priority Area by NRCS. There is money allocated through EQIP. This program promotes CORE4 practices: conservation tillage, nutrient/manure management, pest management and conservation buffers.

CONSERVATION BUFFERS such as grass filter strips, will prove particularly valuable in the Dowagiac watershed, especially in the heavily ditched areas near the main stream. Stratigically placed between crop land and surface water, buffers are the single most effective practice in improving water quality by protecting critical stream recharge areas. If a farmer does nothing else, he should at least consider buffers in doing his part to improve water quality.

For more information on EQUIP contact the USDA Service Centers at Cassopolis at 445-8643, Berrien Springs at 471-4112 or Paw Paw at 657-4220.

 Resource Inventory

This activity is ripe for individual and/or community group involvement - we would welcome such resource inventories as frog and toad inventories or plant inventories in particular old meanders. These could be enjoyable class or scouting activities and would also be ideal for certain special interest groups, for example, Audubon groups. E-mail us if you are interested.

 Development/Economic/Growth Issues
  • How growth can occur with protection of resources. 
  • How to "handle" increased recreation (see our [guidelines] on being a responsible river tripper). Let us know if you have concerns or comments.
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