Our Mississinewa River…

The river is a beautiful

It is a place for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing.
Many animals, such as fish and mussels, live in the river. It also attracts other wildlife,
such as bald eagles and white-tail deer, which come in search of food and water.

natural resource that runs

through East Central Indiana.

A “community of caretakers” is needed to keep the river beautiful and clean…

Rivers are not owned by private individuals—
they are a public resource. And because the rain that falls on our properties and
the water we use daily eventually drains to a river, we can all impact the
quality of the river’s water.

A “community of caretakers” is needed to keep the river beautiful and clean…

One thing we can all do is use something called best management practices,
or BMPs. BMPs include using phosphorus free fertilizer on your lawn if you are
a landowner, properly disposing of household wastes if you live in urban areas,
or planting cover crops to reduce soil erosion and absorb nutrients if you are an
agricultural producer. These are just a few examples of BMPs.

Want to get involved?

  • Join a focus group to learn about upcoming events. Are you a recreation enthusiast? An ecological landowner? Join one (or more) of our four focus groups under the Action Strategy tab. If you join, we’ll keep you updated on upcoming events and activities.
  • Apply for cost-share funds. Cost-share funds BMPs for both agricultural and non-agricultural landowners. So if you own property, there may be something for you, like Tree and Shrub Establishment or Wetland Restoration. Check it out under the Implementation tab in the bar above.
  • Check out the awesome projects people like you have helped initiate (Public Input and Implementation tabs).
  • Learn more about the Mississinewa River and its watershed. Did you know the glaciers have an impact on water quality?! Learn more under Geography. Did you know that the average suspended sediment level in the some parts of the river is high enough that it can be harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms? Learn more under Water Quality.