Welcome to the Friends of the Jordan River Watershed Web Site

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We need YOU!
Friends of the Jordan River Watershed is looking for new Board members. If you are interested in the river, watershed area, nature, conservation, or the outdoors; if you are passionate about environmental education and advocacy; if you love hiking, kayaking and enjoying the Jordan Valley; if you are inspired to preserve the watershed for generations to come, then our Board may be the place for you!
Join us at the Watershed Building for appetizers and a drink after work on Thursday, October 19 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Meet our current and other potential board members from 6pm – 6:30. From 6:30pm – 7:30pm we will host a short presentation on what it means to be on a board such as FOJRW. You will have a chance to socialize and enjoy some great food, get an idea about being on a board and consider whether Friends of the Jordan River Watershed might be the right fit for you! We are looking for up to five new board members to join our team; no experience necessary (we will all be learning together).

After this session, if you want to make a commitment and become a Friend’s of the Jordan Board Member, you can submit your name for consideration.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 16th to foj@friendsofthejordan.org and let us know if you want to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about getting involved with Friends of the Jordan River Watershed as a board member. This event is also a great opportunity to learn about general board service if you are considering joining any local board. Food and wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Appetizers will be catered by EJ Catering.

FOJ's 2018 Calendar Winners

Photos are from this years Visions of the Valley Photography Contest - Theme was "The Magic of the Jordan"

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The Friends of the Jordan River Watershed a grass roots conservation organization was established in 1990 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the watershed. Over the years, the organization has hosted numerous public information seminars and activities. It networks with a multitude of groups and organizations and mentors students on water quality and natural resource issues. They are tireless advocates for the natural features of the Jordan River Watershed, seeking ways to remediate past abuses and striving to balance sustainable use for the future.

The Specific Goals of the Friends of the Jordan are to:

Preserve the natural character of the river and its watershed.

Inform and educate the public about FOJ's activities and issues involving the Jordan River Watershed.

Protect the water quality throughout the watershed.

Develop financial resources to carry out FOJ's mission, goals, and objectives.

Promote wise resource management on public and private lands within the watershed.

Facilitate the coordination of the policies and actions of the various individuals, groups, and agencies affecting the environment within the watershed.

Pursue broad-based support for FOJ's activities.

A Stewardship Strategy

There has long been awareness of the fragility of the Jordan River ecosystem. Yet, this fragile watershed ecosystem still faces many dangers. Soil erosion from past and present abuses continues to fill the streambeds with "sand bedload". Unplanned development, incompatible uses, overuse, exotic species, and forest fragmentation all threaten this pristine habitat. As a result, renewed stewardship efforts, incorporating the principles of ecosystem management, are building.

Join Friends of Jordan River Watershed

By joining the Friends of the Jordan, you can have a personal role in preserving and protecting one of Michigan's natural treasures - the Jordan River Valley.

To join our organization please fill out our Membership Application and send to:

Friends of the Jordan River Watershed Inc., PO Box 412,  East Jordan, MI 49727

Your membership with the Friends of the Jordan and additional contributions are tax deductible under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. We welcome any donations.