The Kalamazoo River Community Recreational Foundation was established in 2013 by Enbridge to ensure a series of sites are maintained for public access to the Kalamazoo River while fostering an appreciation of the river and its surroundings.
The foundation oversees an endowment established to provide for the long-term maintenance of these sites, which will serve residents and visitors to the area for years to come. By enhancing public access to the river, we believe people will gain an appreciation for the delicate balance that exists in the river environment.
The initial capitalization of the endowment was $2.5 million, with the understanding that the endowment exists in perpetuity. The foundation administration is handled by a third party, Fishway Consulting LLC, and is overseen by a board of seven directors consisting of Enbridge personnel and other individuals who have been closely involved with site development.
Detailed site use and management guides have been developed for each site to assist with site maintenance and long-term care. The guides provide basic information about each site’s development; identify key site components and products; and, most importantly, establish expectations for the care of the sites.