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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 2021 Symposium was held virtually on Friday May 14th. It focused on "Creating Connections" in the watershed. Marcy Hamilton of the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, and Daragh Deegan from the City of Elkhart, provided presentations on two exciting dam removal projects in the basin, one in Michigan and one in Indiana. You can view a recording of the event here.

See below for information and videos from past symposiums.

Past Years