Northwest Indiana Watershed Management Framework

Updated by NIRPC in 2011, this resource document was created to assist communities and organizations in developing watershed management plans. The Watershed Framework includes a variety of information to help stakeholders characterize existing watershed conditions for their watershed of interest. It has been organized to follow the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Watershed Management Plan Checklist requirements as closely as possible. You can view or download chapters of the Watershed Framework below. If you are interested in developing or updating a watershed management plan for your area and would like technical assistance from NIRPC please contact Jennifer Birchfield, Natural Resource Planner, at

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    PDF (2mb) | DOC (3.3mb) (03/16/12)
  • Chapter 2 Little Calumet-Galien Sub-Basin
    PDF (8.7mb) | DOC (34.1mb) (03/16/12) ZIP
  • Chapter 3 Kankakee Sub-Basin
    PDF (9.5mb) | DOC (29.4mb) (03/16/12) ZIP
  • Chapter 4 Chicago Sub-Basin
    PDF (6.4mb) | DOC (16.3mb) (03/16/12) ZIP
  • Chapter 5 Implementation
    PDF (0.75mb) | DOC (74kb) (03/16/12)
  • Project Final Report
    PDF (2.2mb) | TEXT (70kb) (02/28/12)

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement (2P00E74601) to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.