What is the St. Joseph River Basin Commission?
The St. Joseph River Basin, or watershed, is the area of land that drains to the St. Joseph River of Lake Michigan. It includes 7 counties in northern Indiana and 8 counties in southwest Michigan.
Is Michigan included in the Commission?
Although funding and governance come solely from the Indiana side of the basin, the Commission is authorized to collaborate with state and local officials in Michigan to fulfill our purpose.
How is the agency funded?
The Commission currently receives about $100K annually from the State of Indiana. Local government members contribute a total of approximately $60K annually to fund basic operations. Grants and special project income make up the remainder of annual revenue.
Who do you serve?
Although the Commission provides some education and resources for the general public, our target audience is local government officials, staff and partners involved in land and water management.
Where is the Commission located?
The Commission is currently headquartered in the Michiana Area Council of Governments offices in South Bend, Indiana. An ongoing partnership between the two entities exists through a cooperative agreement.