Galena River Watershed

The Galena River watershed covers an area of approximately 175 square miles in northern LaPorte County, Indiana and southwestern Berrien County, Michigan where it is known as the Galien River. The LaPorte County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) coordinated the development of a watershed management plan (WMP) for Indiana’s portion of the watershed in 2010. Michigan had completed a plan for their portion in 2003. The primary concerns identified by stakeholders in Indiana include E. coli (pathogens), wetland loss, sediment loading, and protecting the rural character and natural resources of the watershed from increasing development pressure. The Galena River watershed is unique in Northwest Indiana in that the dominant land cover is forestland and not human uses. Therefore much of the WMP focuses on protective measures.

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