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Announcing the 13th Annual “Visions of the Valley” Photography Contest
Theme: "The Magic of the Jordan"

This won’t be a surprise to lovers of the Jordan River Watershed, but there is a magic to the Jordan, Michigan’s first ‘natural and scenic river.’ So this year, the Friends of the Jordan River Watershed is inviting photographers of all ages and skills to look for “The Magic of the Jordan” in the “Visions of the Valley” Photography Contest.

More than $1,200 and 14 awards will be presented. Photographs chosen will appear as a page in the FOJ’s annual “Visions of the Valley” calendar for 2018. Proceeds from calendar sales support FOJ activities.

The rules are simple. All photographs must be taken in the Jordan River Watershed. Open to all. Simply enter an unmatted 8” x 10” horizontal print, a $5 per photo entry fee and entry form. Photographers may enter as many times as they want. Youth 18 and under may enter two photos for free. Submission deadline is Monday, August 14, 2017.

Awards will be presented at the FOJ’s annual Photography Contest Celebration and Exhibit, with the release of the 2018 “Visions of the Valley” calendar, on Saturday, September 23, 1 - 4 PM at the Jordan River Watershed Center in East 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.