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Four Township Water Resource Council Records

Identifier: RH-A-4378

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of material from the Four Township Water Resources Council ranging from 1975 to 2022. All material is relevant to the Kalamazoo River Watershed and the Four Townships of Prairieville, Barry, Richland, and Ross.


  • Creation: 1975-2022


Biographical / Historical

The Four Township Water Resources Council (FTWRC) was an organization active within Barry and Kalamazoo counties for almost 30 years. Founded in 1994, the council operated with the mission to protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources found within the watersheds of these four townships. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council formally dissolved in November of 2022. Upon its dissolution, many financial assets and future plans of the FTWRC were also distributed to local organizations such as the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council (KRWC), the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. These organizations still coordinate and promote many of the same events that the FTWRC initiated, such as Kanoe the Kazoo, Krazy for the Kazoo, and social hikes.

A large portion of the collection is direct correspondence and material from co-founder of the FTWRC, Dr. Ken Kornheiser. While Ken had a long career in veterinary medicine in Plainwell, MI, he also served as the Chairman for the Prairieville Township Planning and Zoning Commission in Barry County for 15 years. Dr. Kornheiser has been actively involved in the conservation of local watersheds for many years, and still serves as an active board member of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council (KRWC), which carries on the mission and plans of the dissolved Four Township Water Resources Council.


4 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 4.0 cubic feet and is composed of material relating to the Four Township Water Resources Council (FTWRC) and their efforts to protect local waterways. The collection largely consists of pamphlets, legal reports, environmental reports, council meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and ephemera from various environmental conventions. All material is related to conservation efforts in southwest Michigan, particularly Barry County and Kalamazoo County. Previously housed in several binders, much of the material is hole-punched, but otherwise in good condition. Most of this material is printed in black ink on white or colored 8.5” x 11” printer paper. Folders containing information pertaining to the Council’s yearly activities also contain various photocopies of newspaper clippings from publications such as the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Hastings Banner. Also included in this collection are approximately 45 books and publications. Several of the environmental and legal reports are bound in booklets and are in good condition. Most of the books and reports were published by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, MSU Extension, and city planning commissions from the four townships included in the FTWRC. Other FTWRC reports, plans, and publications not included in the collection are available online in PDF form or through Waldo Library.

Four Township Water Resource Council Records finding aid
Ella Nelson; Stephanie Chapman
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490