Welcome to the St. Joseph River Basin Commission
The St. Joseph River Basin Commission (SJRBC) was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1988 to improve water quality, encourage conservation and increase coordinated management of the water and related land resources within the St. Joseph River Basin. The governance and funding comes entirely from the Indiana portion of the basin, but the SJRBC is authorized to work with Michigan to improve water quality throughout the entire watershed.
According to IC 14-30-3, the Commission should:
- Provide a forum for the discussion, study, and evaluation of water resource issues of common concern in the Basin.
- Facilitate and foster cooperative planning and coordinated management of the Basin's water and related land resources.
- Develop positions on major water resources issues and serve as the advocate of the Basin's interests before Congress and federal, state, and local government agencies.
- Make recommendations on matters related to its functions and objectives, to political subdivisions in the Basin, and to other public and private agencies.
- Develop plans to improve water quality in the Basin.