Watershed Management

Watershed management: where watershed science meets watershed policy. HRWC projects gather data on the health of the watershed to develop and implement management plans to address problems.

Projects and Programs

Natural Areas Assessment and Protection The Bioreserve Project assesses and protects the remaining natural areas in the watershed. Volunteers collect data during field studies of private and public properties; HRWC uses the data to work with local communities, conservancies, and natural area property landowners to protect and restore natural areas.
Climate Change Adaptation actions help communities and ecosystems cope with a changing climate. HRWC’s Climate Resilient Communities and  Great Lakes Vulnerability Assessment projects are helping watershed communities and the river adapt to changing conditions in the Huron and regionally.
Dams and Impoundments HRWC is looking at all 100 dams across the watershed. HRWC has endeavored to learn more about the systematic problems caused by an entire watershed of dams, as well the individuals problems caused by specific dams. HRWC desires to work with all communities, dam owners, and dam operators in improving the functionality of their dams and potentially in removing the dams altogether.
Green Infrastructure Planning for Local Governments HRWC encourages green infrastructure across the spectrum from landscape to site scale and is working with municipalities to plan for Green Infrastructure across their jurisdictions that can then be implemented on a neighborhood or site scale.
Huron River Water Trail HRWC is facilitating development of a water trail that creates linkages from city to village; improves recreational access to the river; adds interpretive, way-finding, and historical signage; and creates economic development opportunities. Our aim is to reconnect communities in Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Monroe, and Wayne Counties to the Huron River.
Stormwater Groups and Initiatives HRWC engages collaborative watershed community partnerships in the Upper, Middle and Lower Huron areas to monitor water quality and address stormwater runoff. These municipal partnerships include the Livingston Watershed Advisory Group, the Middle Huron Stormwater Advisory Group and the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds. A voluntary cooperative group known as the Middle Huron Initiative also works to specifically address phosphorus pollution in Ford and Belleville lakes.
Upper Huron Initiative HRWC works with partners in the upper section of the watershed (above Washtenaw County) to develop and implement management plans and activities to reduce pollutants and improve the quality of waterbodies in the area.
Livingston Watershed Advisory Group (WAG): A collaborative membership group that was originally formed to develop watershed management plans for the Huron Chain of Lakes and Upper Shiawassee River watersheds in Livingston County. The WAG now works to implement activities in those plans to reduce pollutants and preserve the high quality waterbodies in the area. Activities include monitoring and improving plans for Brighton Lake and the Chain of Lakes.
Middle Huron Initiative A collaborative group of municipal agencies that work to reduce the impacts from stormwater runoff in the middle section of the watershed. Current activities include monitoring and work to improve plans to address state-listed impairments.
Middle Huron Stormwater Advisory Group A collaborative group of municipal agencies that work to reduce the impacts from stormwater runoff in the middle section of the watershed. Current activities include monitoring and work to improve plans to address state-listed impairments.
Lower Huron Initiative HRWC works with partners in the lower section of the watershed (below Belleville Lake) to develop and implement management plans and activities to reduce pollutants and improve the quality of waterbodies in the area. HRWC is collaborating with neighboring watersheds through the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds.
Norton Creek Watershed We are creating a watershed plan that will serve as a blueprint for restoring and protecting Norton Creek for local governments, businesses, and communities. We are also working on restoration and grow green projects in the creekshed.
RiverUp! HRWC partners with business and community leaders on this initiative meant to spark a river renaissance by investing in river recreation, local economic development, and improving the ecological health of the river.
Swift Run: Growing Green HRWC is assessing the health of the Swift Run creek and then bringing “grow green” techniques to parks, streets, and residential properties in partnership with residents, the City of Ann Arbor, and Washtenaw County. The project will end with another assessment of the creek to determine project impacts.



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