Because the City of Fort Wayne is located on three rivers, we have an historical relationship with the rivers and a commitment to help keep them clean.
The St. Joseph River originates in Hillsdale County, Michigan. It flows southeasterly through part of Ohio before crossing into Indiana. The St. Joseph River is the source of Fort Wayne's drinking water, so n addition to treating water and delivering it to your tap, Fort Wayne's water utility is involved in efforts to ensure that the water arriving at the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant is the best it can be.
In March 1996, City Utilities helped to organize the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative. The initiative is an effort to involve interested individuals and groups from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan in voluntary efforts to protect the St. Joseph River watershed.
Stormwater drainage from Fort Wayne's hard surfaces is carried to the rivers by pipes and open ditches. Whatever the stormwater runoff picks up as it flows over land and across hard surfaces is carried to the rivers. So Fort Wayne is committed to working with watershed groups in the St. Mary's, Maumee and Wabash River basins to make sure that the stormwater runoff is as clean as possible.
Here are links to the websites of area watershed groups and other organizations that work to keep our rivers clean:
Adopt Your Watershed -- US EPA site
Watershed Planning -- IDEM site
Watershed Protection -- Purdue University site