Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. David S. Lemberg

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Emerson

Third Advisor

Dr. Chansheng He

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Black River Watershed encompassses 287 square miles in Allegan and Van Buren Counties in southwestern lower Michigan. The confluence of the North, Middle, and South branches is approximately 2.5 miles upstream of the City of South Haven, where the river empties into Lake Michigan. The Black River Watershed Management Plan was created with input from a variety of stakeholders, from local organizations to state agencies. Input from these stakeholders, field work, and previous water quality studies all helped determine water quality concerns in the Black River Watershed. Stakeholders input also was used to determine goals and objectives that would improve and protect surface water quality in the Black River Watershed. The goals set forth in this plan include educating watershed residents on improving and protecting water quality, improving recreational opportunities on the river, and developing land use strategies that will protect water quality in the future.

Included in

Geography Commons