Annual Symposium

The Annual Indiana-Michigan Symposium hosted by the St. Joseph River Basin Commission provides a networking opportunity for decision makers and water managers from the Indiana and Michigan portions of the St. Joseph River Basin. Formal presentations and open networking time encourages the sharing of successes and lessons learned from the various projects and programs being conducted throughout the basin. There are signs of improvement in the health of the St. Joseph River and its tributaries. This improvement is largely due to the combined efforts of municipalities, Soil & Water Conservation Districts in partnership with NRCS staff, non-profit groups, and private landowners. The Symposium serves as a means of increasing collaboration, improving effectiveness and expanding the implementation of these efforts to promote continued improvement of our water resources.

The 2022 Symposium was held virtually on Friday May 6th. It focused on public funding for watershed management efforts. Kelly Goward, Watershed Manager for the ODC Network, was the featured speaker. She highlighted a recent study focused on creating a sustainable funding source for watershed management in Michigan. Matt Meersman, SJRBC Director, provided an overview of the Commission and touched on some legislative efforts to fund watershed management in Indiana. The agenda is available here, and a recording of the event can be found here.

See below for information and videos from past symposiums.

Past Years