Non-Governmental Organization

St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative (SJRWI)
The St. Joseph River, fed by a 694,400-acre watershed that drains parts of six counties in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, serves as a source of domestic water for more than 200,000 residents in the City of Fort Wayne and surrounding area. The confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Mary’s rivers in Fort Wayne forms the Maumee River that empties into the western basin of Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio. To support its mission and goals, the SJRWI has managed an extensive water quality monitoring program in the St. Joseph River Watershed since 1996. Currently, the Initiative samples 11 sites on tributaries to the St. Joseph River within 9 sub-watersheds throughout the St. Joseph River Basin (Appendices 1 and X). Water quality parameters measured and analyzed include, herbicides, E. coli, total phosphorus, nitrate, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity. Additionally, the SJRWI samples 14 other sites in Michigan and Ohio as part of the Tri-State Initiative.