Planning Project

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is in the process of creating a Watershed Management Plan for the Yellow Dog River. The plan will be created following DEQ and EPA guidelines to gather concerns, address problems and plan strategies for the future of a watershed with the goal of protecting high-quality waters. Part of the initial process includes contacting all stakeholders and including their concerns. Ultimately, when we have finished creating the plan, we will have a solid document to work from in which there is broad support to begin addressing both point source and non-point source pollution. YDWP has funded the process by piecing together small grants from:  Freshwater Future, Patagonia, and the Marquette Community Foundation via support from the Huron Mountain Club. When the plan is finished and approved by the DEQ we will implement portions of the plan to protect and restore the watershed.

The intended outcome of the project is to create a document that is driven by the input of stakeholders, which follows Michigan Department of Environmental Quality criteria and can be submitted for approval under the Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant program, and follows EPA Nine Minimum Elements within the Guidelines for the Award of Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants to States and Territories.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Watershed Management Plans you can go to the EPA Watershed Central website here:

Here is another link from the Michigan DEQ about WMPs:,1607,7-135-3313_3682_3714-69714–,00.html.





Updated 3-6-2014 – The first quarter 2014 meeting for the project was on March 3, 2014 at the Peter White Public Library in the Community Room. Steering Committee members stayed to discuss the plan in-depth and continue with the planning process. We are about half way through this process and intend to complete the plan this winter for review in early 2015.



March 2014 Full Stakeholder Meeting: YDWMP_AGENDA_3-4-14

April 2013 Full Stakeholder Meeting: YDWMP_AGENDA

YDWP WMP Mtg Minutes April 18, 2013

Stakeholder_Input form


Please contact Mindy Otto for more information: or 906-345-9223.

If you are on our steering committee please visit our Wiki Page to see the latest draft of the plan here: