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Kawkawlin River Project
















Care for the Kawkawlin project funding available to help landowners protect water quality

The Care for the Kawkawlin group is a partnership of multiple  local, state, and federal organizations and is funded by a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The project focus is to IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN THE KAWKAWLIN RIVER by reducing nutrients (phosphorous) and bacteria (E. coli) entering into the River. Major project partners include the Bay County Drain Office, Bay County Environmental Affairs, Bay County Health Department, Bay County Soil Conservation District, Kawkawlin River Watershed Association, Little Forks Conservancy, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, Saginaw Bay RC&D, Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Flint, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Partners Program.
For general project questions contact Sara McDonnell at or 810-424-5489.
Bay County Soil Conservation District
For those agricultural landowners in the Kawkawlin River Watershed, there is cost-share available for conservation practices that reduce phosphorus and E.Coli. Practices such as conservation buffers, cover crops, residue management, wind barriers, grade stabilization structures, tile outlet repairs, manure management on hobby farms and exclusion fencing. Learn more by visiting the Bay County Soil Conservation District website at or contact Kevin Wilson at 989-329-3655
Little Forks Conservancy
For landowners in the Kawkawlin River Watershed with woods, water, or wetlands, there is cost-share available for conserving your land through a conservation easement. Learn more by visiting contact Elan Lipschitz at 989-835-4886.
Bay County Health Department
The Bay County Health Department works with landowners to manage on-site sewage treatment (septic systems) and coordinates an annual household hazardous waste collection day. Learn more by visiting