8th Annual Eel River Canoe Float

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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If you have a few extra minutes today, tomorrow, next week, or next month, click on the link below for an inspiring video about 'Thi Important Places', our beautiful rivers!!!




Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative Annual Public Meeting

Friday, February 27th, 8:00-12:00

Eberly Hall, South Whitley, IN

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 8:30am to 1:00pm.

We will meet at the North Manchester Street Department, 407 Wabash Road, N Manchester.

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Saturday September 13th 8:30-1:00

We will be meeting at the North Manchester Street Dept, 407 Wabash Road,

North Manchester

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I few fine folk floated down the beautiful Eel RIver a couple weeks ago and had a delightful time! Such a fine time that one of the participants, Paul McAfee wrote a nice blog about their float. Click on the link below to read the blog and see the pictures!

Eel River Float Blog from Paul McAfee:



Join us for our Annual Public Meeting, February 18th, Manchester University, Union - Lahman Room, 8:30am!

Click here to link to a flyer for the public meeting.


PrimeTime 39 PBS features Manchester University Environmental Studies Program
and the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative!

Click here!
Watch the interview with Dr. Jerry Sweeten, chair of Environmental Studies; Terri Michaelis, Watershed Initiative coordinator; and environmental studies majors Breegan Anderson and Trisha McClain.
MU/Eel River interview begins at 1:24 minutes. Please tell us what you think!


New soil health article published September 9, 2013! Click here.


WELCOME! We are glad you have chosen to visit our website.To navigate the website, there are tabs above that link to a variety of information, as well as links on the right side of the page. If there is additional information you would like to see added to our website, please let us know!

If you would like, you may click on the picture below for a short introduction video to the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative.

The Middle Eel River Watershed Intiative began in 2009 as a result of Manchester University's committment to it's students and the environment. Thanks to the Environmental Studies Program of the Biology Department of Manchester University, the Initiative is able to work toward the goals outlined in the Watershed Management Plan. Goals include: improving water quality, enhancing recreational opportunities, and promoting conservation of natural resources within the Middle Eel River Watershed.

The water quality monitoring program of the Initiative provides an outstanding opportunity for Manchester University students to gain valuable field and research experience. Over the past four years,19 students have gained summer employment, and some students have even gained academic credit, working as Watershed Technicians for the Initiative.

We are very proud to introduce our past Watershed Technicians listed below!

2009 Manchester University Watershed Technicians
From left to right

  • John Bruce
  • Matt Linn
  • Kerry Nielsen
  • Matt Trentman
  • Carmen Pyles
  • Megan Cox, Chris Harbourt & Luke Zwilling Waterborne Environmental Staff


2010 Manchester University Watershed Technicians
From left to right

  • Kayla Werbianskyj
  • Ben Long
  • Carmen Pyles
  • Carol Campos
  • Alec Womboldt

2011 Manchester University Watershed Technicians
From left to right

  • Sean Langley
  • Kyle Boone - Smallmouth Bass Study
  • Curtis Nordman - Smallmouth Bass Study
  • Ed Braun - Retired Fisheries Biologist
  • Jerry Sweeten - Assoc. Prof of Biology, Manchester University
  • Dean Sharfman - Vice Presidnet and Dean of Academic Affairs, Manchester University
  • Ben Long
  • Carmen Pyles
  • Carrie Waits


2012 Manchester University Watershed Technicians
From left to right

  • Aaron Cotner
  • Kara Olson
  • Morgan Hill
  • Josh Wood
  • Katie Gonzalez


Learn more about us!

General Brochure

Watershed Management Plan Booklet

2009-2012 MERWI Final Report

Cover, Table of Contents, and Introduction

Physical Description

Water Monitoring, Probable Causes of Water Quality Impairments, Critical Areas, and Goals and Objectives

Cost Share Program, References Cited, and Appendices

Cost Share Information Booklet


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