Kalamazoo Country Drain Office Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Kalamazoo County citizens by protecting, maintaining, and promoting long term sustainability of our water resources through various tactics of stormwater management, flood control, soil erosion control, and educational programs.

Many water systems in our state are open and connected, because of this we must take special precautions with them as they can quickly accumulate pollutants, toxins and invasive species in a short matter of time.

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    STORMWATER VACABULARY
    Farmer - Influences of Agriculture
    Recreator - Local trails, follow rules

    The Health of the Great Lakes is in Our Hands

    Everything is Conected

    Everything is connected here in the Great Lakes State

    LOCAL ACTIONS HAVE GREAT IMPACTS!

    We have the privilege of having 1/5 of the worlds freshwater supply right in our backyard.

    Our actions along local rivers like the Kalamazoo and St. Joseph rivers have a lasting impact on our Great Lakes.

    So, how do we become better stewards of these awesome resources around us?

    Connectivity is Key

    Southwest Michigan Riverways

    Rivers, watersheds, and Great Lakes Connectivity

    Major Threats to our Waterways

    Major Steps for our Waterway

    STEPS YOU CAN TAKE ...

    ONE DAY
    Clear off storm drains near where you line and compost yard waste
    ONE WEEK
    Switch to phosphate free fertilizer
    ONE MONTH
    Establish a "no mow" zone for properties near the waterways
    ONE YEAR
    seed native plants for landscaping

    THAT POSITIVELY IMPACT THE HEALTH OF OUR GREAT LAKES

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    The soil quality of our crops and open lands in the state majorly impact the health of our great lakes