Monthly Message

RAINWATER: Runoff from rain water is the only thing that should wash down our storm drains. Anything else- grass clippings, leaves, motor oil, even fertilizer- is considered an ILLICIT DISCHARGE. If you witness suspicious dumping into storm drains, visit

MAINTAIN SEPTIC SYSTEMS as improperly working septic systems can pollute both surface water and groundwater. Have your septic system checked and pumped every few years to ensure it is working properly.

"Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go." ~Blaise Pascal

Events and Special Dates:

May 1st -7th is Drinking Water Week!

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

May 7: Household Hazardous Waste Collection: 10 A.M.-Noon. 190 East Michigan Ave. Battle Creek

May 8: Mother's Day

May 13: Children's Water Festival

May 20: Spring into the Arts

May 21: Armed Forces Day

May 30: Memorial Day

What's Happening

photo contestKeep up with Clean Water events throughout year. See our main events at right, with more listed below.

Seasonal Photo Contest
The 2016/2017 Photo Contest kicks off July 1, 2016! Updated this year, contestants can submit up to two photos per season!
Photo: Spring on Minges Brook, by Linda Gillespie


BC Water videos via our YouTube channel:

Seasonal Photo Contest

July 31 is the deadline to enter! Find out more > >

Kanoe the Kazoo 2015

Join us on the water in 2015! Kanoe the Kazoo float trips take place on many Saturdays from May – October. Trips are open to the public for all ages and most are FREE. Trips take place on the Kalamazoo River unless otherwise noted.

Register here:

Where does your surface water go?

Click here to learn where the water from your property drains to, via the city of Battle Creek's mapping service.


Krazy for the Kazoo

Children's Water Festival

event event

October 1, 2016
Watershed-wide citizen cleanup of the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries

May 13, 2016
A free, educational event for fourth and fifth grade students and their teachers.