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Deep River Watershed Initiative

The Deep River-Portage Burns Waterway Watershed is located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan in north central Lake and Porter Counties.  The watershed drains approximately 180 square miles of primarily urban and agricultural land to Lake Michigan through the Burns Waterway in Portage.  In 2012, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) released its draft 303d List of Impaired Waterbodies which identified 125 miles of stream in the watershed that were known to not be meeting state water quality standards or their ability to support swimming and fishing were threatened. In January 2014, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) was awarded a grant from IDEM to facilitate the development and implementation of a watershed management plan.  This collaborative effort, known as the “Deep River-Portage Burns Waterway Initiative”, brings together local communities, organizations and the public to begin laying the foundation for future restoration and conservation projects that ultimately lead to healthier streams and lakes for current and future generations to enjoy. We encourage you to check back here occasionally to see how the Initiative is progressing and how you can participate throughout the process.  We all live in a watershed, so by working together as a watershed community we can make a difference.

Follow the link below to explore your watershed and features such as stream monitoring points and impaired streams:  View Your Watershed

This website is hosted by the State of Indiana but NIRPC is an independent unit of local government and is not a State agency. Click here to learn more about NIRPC.