About Our Water

The Kalamazoo River Watershed

What is a Watershed?

A watershed is an area where all water drains into the same surface source based on topography and elevation. In our case, it is the Kalamazoo River. The Kalamazoo River Watershed covers an area of 2020 square miles with many tributaries draining into the Kalamazoo River from overland or from the ground.

Kalamazoo River Watershed

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Kalamazoo River Watershed

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Why is a healthy watershed important?

All land drains into a lake, river, stream, or other water body directly affecting its quality. Every inch of the United States is part of a watershed, making watershed health important to everyone. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than $450 billion in foods, fiber, manufactured goods, and tourism depend on healthy watersheds.

If you are someone who enjoys spending time on the water, healthy watersheds should be important to you. Healthy watersheds play an essential part in fishing, kayaking, swimming, and more.

You can read more about watersheds here: https://www.epa.gov/hwp.

Krazy for the Kazoo volunteers cleaning out the road near the Kalamazoo River–thanks guys!

Get Involved!

Krazy for the Kazoo, powered entirely by volunteers, cleans up many miles of the Kalamazoo River, taking care of places with illegal dumping problems, planting new trees, removing problematic invasive plants, and much more.

Visit the website for more info and upcoming cleanup dates.


Questions or comments about this web site, general comments or questions, or to report polluting activities: bestears@battlecreek.gov or pjhoch@battlecreekmi.gov

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The Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partnership is the City of Battle Creek; the City of Springfield; the Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner; the Calhoun County Road Department, the townships of Bedford, Emmett, Leroy, Newton, and Pennfield, the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek Area Schools and Lakeview Public Schools joining together with the common goal of protecting the waterways in our area.

Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partnership
Battle Creek Department of Public Works