(Press Release From The City of Battle Creek)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Hot off the presses, the free 2016 wall calendar featuring Kalamazoo River Watershed images from local photographers will be available to the public by this Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The calendar is created by the Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners, with help from the Calhoun County Solid Waste Fund. The featured photos for each month are taken from a contest that called for photos from within the watershed.

The Kalamazoo River and St. Joseph River watersheds are the two major ones within Calhoun County. The calendar is meant to display the beauty within them and bring focus to groundwater, an unseen resource and the source of our drinking water. The Kalamazoo River Watershed also provides habitats for wildlife and is a source of recreation. Area residents can follow the simple steps outlined in the calendar to help protect our water from pollution sources, sustaining it for future generations.

Calendars will be available at various locations throughout the county, including city and township halls.

Big congratulations to the winners of the 2014-2015 photo contest, whose images are featured in the 2016 calendar:

  • Patrice Ott of Battle Creek – Grand Prize, Adult Division
  • Linda Gillespie of Battle Creek – First Place, Adult Division
  • David Lawrence of Horton – First Place, Adult Division
  • Ellie Davis of Battle Creek – First Place, Student Division

The Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners are the City of Battle Creek, City of Springfield, Calhoun County Road Department, Calhoun County Water Resources Commission, townships of Bedford, Emmett, Leroy, Newton and Pennfield, the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Kellogg Community College, and Battle Creek area schools. The members have the common goal of protecting our area’s waterways. See www.bcwater.org for more information.