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Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) is a public community college in Kalamazoo established in 1966 and enrolls about 10,000 students. KVCC is committed to preserving our local waterways in our downtown campus with green infrastructure and at the Texas Township campus adjoining the West fork of the Portage Creek.
Road Commission of Kalamazoo
The goal of the Board of County Road Commissioners of the County of Kalamazoo is using our expertise, energy and funds to provide the safest and most convenient road system possible, and to contribute to economic development and high quality of life throughout the county.
Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioners Office
Our Mission is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Kalamazoo County citizens, the protection of surface waters and the environment, and to promote the long-term environmental sustainability of Kalamazoo County by providing storm water management, flood control, soil erosion controls and education.
City of Portage
To the City of Portage, protecting its natural treasures is an investment in the health, growth and stability of the community without being a burden on city resources. The city continuously engages its citizens to address current challenges and develop a future vision for our community - and ultimately ensure the city remains A Natural Place to Move.
City of Kalamazoo
The City's Michigan National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit allows for the non-point source discharges of stormwater to the local surface water bodies. Our goals seek to improve water quality, provide more efficient development guidelines, and to provide controls to minimize localized flooding.
Kalamazoo River Watershed Council
The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council's mission and vision come from a desire to protect, preserve, and promote the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries for current area residents and future generations. To restore and protect the health of the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and its watershed by collaborating with the community, government agencies, local officials, and businesses.
Kalamazoo Public Schools
At Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) it is our mission to nurture the dreams of all students and empower all students to contribute to a better world. KPS is a vibrant, progressive district and home to "The Kalamazoo Promise", a unique scholarship that provides up to 100 percent, post-secondary tuition and fee assistance.
Everything is Connected
What is it? Waste from a household is hazardous if it has
at least one of four characteristics:
HHW Disposal is FREE for ALL Kalamazoo County Residents except in Climax Township. Drop off HHW at 1301 Lamont Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 during open hours. If you live outside of the county or are in a township that does not participate then you can still use the program, but there are service fees so call 269-383-8742 to find out more.
Other Local Disposal Options? Select a KSWG partner near you by clicking the links in the left or below to learn more about your local HHW drop off locations, materials for disposal, and events in your neighborhood.
- Other participating municipalities with free service to residents include Berrien County; Almena, Antwerp and Paw Paw Townships in Van Buren County.
- Travel trailer sanitary waste can be taken to a variety of different RV dumping stations. It is free for registered guests to dump, and usually a fee for unregistered guests.
- Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds
- Fort Custer State Recreation Area
- Cranberry Lake Campground
- Klines Resort campground
- Giles Campground on Swan Lake
- Clean Earth Environmental - they have their own wastewater treatment system. $50 flat rate to bring any size trailer/ RV and dump the tank.
The Kalamazoo Stormwater Working Group (KSWG) is a collaborative effort of outreach and education for our interconnected Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (or MS4s) in the Kalamazoo County area.
Rain falls and snow melts across hard and impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. The water flows to storm sewers or catch basins which direct it to a natural surface water body such as a wetland, river, pond or lake. Stormwater runoff carries salts, grass clippings, sediment, fertilizer, oils, pet waste, and other material left on driveways and sidewalks into the catch basins, and unfortunately, they eventually drain to our natural water bodies.
KSWG partners work together to protect against harmful discharges to the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries.
Topic 7. Identify and promote availability, location, and requirements for collection or disposal of HHW, travel trailer sanitary waste, chemicals and vehicle fluids.