The St. Joseph River drains an area of approximately 3 million acres in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. The Watershed starts in Hillsdale County, Michigan, dips down into northern Indiana (the only Indiana county completely contained in this watershed is LaGrange), and then makes its way back up into Michigan again, proceeding through St. Joseph, Cass, and Berrien Counties before emptying into Lake Michigan at St. Joe near Benton Harbor.
An exhibit featuring the St Joseph River Basin has been on display at the main entrance at the LaGrange County Library since early June. It contains many photos, much information and some artifacts from the watershed. It also features the recipient of the Al Smith Award, an environmental recognition made annually by the Friends of the St. Joe River association to an individual who has contributed in an outstanding way to the improvement of water quality in the river basin. This year’s recipient is recently retired LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District Coordinator Dona Hunter.
The exhibit will continue on display in the library until the end of July.