Next FTWRC Meeting

The next Four Township Water Resource Council meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2019, at 7:00PM, in Room 145 of the Educational Building at the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. [maps]

Our 2018 Kanoe The Kazoo Event

Join the Four Township Water Resources Council for a float on Gull Lake. As park of this trip, you’ll get a demonstration and explanation of the dedicated boat wash station at Prairieville Township Gull Lake Park. Identification of aquatic invasive species, local species of interest spotted during the float, and natural shoreline protection options will be highlighted.

Where: Prairieville Township Gull Lake Park
-15475 M-43, Hickory Corners, MI at the North end of Gull Lake

When: Saturday June 27th, 2018
– Gather at 5:30pm
– Launch onto the Lake at 6:30pm
– Float for about one and a half hours. We’ll do a loop in Gull Lake returning to the Park.
– Bring your own craft (canoe, kayak, etc.), and your own personal flotation devices

Preregister:, select June 27 Gull Lake.

2018 Annual Meeting

The Four Townships Water Resources Council Annual meeting topic this year will be: Conservation Options for Landowners. First off Jamie McCarthy with the Kalamazoo River Watershed (KRW) Council will present an overview of land conservation on a watershed scale discussing the process and results of the KRW Land Conservation Plan. Second, Emily Wilke with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) will discuss conservation easements and specifically some of the conservation projects completed in the Four Townships Region. The Dewey Conservation Easement was a project SWMLC completed in 2017 and Pam Dewey will briefly talk about the process of putting a conservation easement her property from a landowners perspective. Lastly, Sarah Nelson with the Barry Conservation District will present on other water quality protection and conservation programs. It will be a very informative gathering, everyone will learn something.

When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00 pm
Where: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Auditorium (Room 312)
3700 East Gull Lake Drive
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Our 2017 Kanoe The Kazoo Event

We are pleased to announce this year’s Four Township Kanoe the Kazoo Paddle, to be held on Upper Crooked Lake, Delton. This event will be co-sponsored by FTWRC and the Prairieville Township Park Board.

When: Saturday June 3rd, 2017
– Gather at 3:00pm
– Launch onto the Lake at 4:00pm
– Float for about one and a half hours, circling Upper Crooked Lake
– Bring your own craft (canoe, kayak, etc.), and your own personal flotation devices

Where: Upper Crooked Lake
– Launch from the public access on Delton Road
– Participant parking at the Bernard Historical Museum, 500’ to the east

Enjoy a late afternoon paddle on Upper Crooked Lake, and learn more about the first dedicated boat wash station in Southwest Michigan.   Natural history education will be provided by local experts:

  • Steve Hamilton: Professor of Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry at KBS; president of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council.
  • Ken Kornheiser: Founding member of the FTWRC. Dedicated paddler and life-long amateur naturalist.
  • Steve Allen: Owner of a local environmental consulting firm. Former long-time naturalist with the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Please note: It is required that all vessels entering and leaving Upper Crooked Lake use the boat wash station, in order to reduce movement of Aquatic Invasive Species. This does include everyone participating in this paddle.

2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 FTWRC Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, May 1, at 7:00PM. We’ll be holding it in the KBS Auditorium. We’ll have some very interesting speakers from the Michigan DEQ and the Gull Lake Quality Organization.

As always, the public is encouraged to attend and participate!


Draft Watershed Management Plan Update: Four Township Watershed Area

The Four Township Water Resource Council is seeking public comment on the draft Watershed Management Plan.  The plan is being updated with new information about water resource concerns and pollution control projects.  Please submit comments no later than Friday, March 10, 2017 via email to or mail to 1523 Riverview Drive, Suite A, Kalamazoo MI 49004.  If you have questions, please call (269) 978-4606.

Download the DRAFT Watershed Management Plan for review.

Matching Donations Through Benevity

NEW FOR 2017: Four Township Water Resources Council has signed up the Benevity Causes Portal as an approved and registered non-profit cause. If your workplace matching gifts program is through Benevity, you can donate and match to FTWRC online!

The public is encouraged to come and participate.