Lower St. Joe River - Bear Creek Water Quality Improvement Program

The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative is implementing grant-funded water quality improvements in portions of central and northern Fort Wayne, Leo-Cedarville and Grabill.  As part of a $274,000 grant received from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the St. Joe Initiative is offering to share the cost of backyard conservation practices in several critical areas.  The project is aimed at protecting water quality in the St. Joseph River -- the source of drinking water for more than 300,000 people in teh Fort Wayne area and a vital economic and recreational asset.

The water quality improvement is being guided by a steering committee of residents.  Cost share funds are available to assist propety owners in critical areas who would like to install backyard conservation measures insluding rain barrels and rain gardens.  Funding is also available to assist neighborhood associations with projects to deter nusiance geese.  Geese are a major source of bacterial pollution in Indiana's ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.  To see if you may qualify, please refer to the critical area maps shown to the right and check out the program flyer. 

Work to be funded by the grant is based on priorities and action items identified in the Lower St. Joseph-Bear Creek Watershed Management Plan that was prepared in 2007 and approved by IDEM as the basis for implementation of river water quality improvement programs.

Assistance and programs of the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative and Sponsoring Agencies are available without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age or disability.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement C9-97548218 to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.