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Watershed Science

HRWC runs several scientific programs designed to gauge the health of the land and water throughout the watershed. In addition to these programs, stream flow studies, water quality monitoring and other river research is conducted as part of watershed management plan development and project implementation.

Current programs and project are listed first. Scroll down to see past programs and projects.

Current Projects and Programs

Adopt-A-Stream Adopt-A-Stream is a long term river and creek  monitoring program in which volunteers of all sorts work together to help our researchers collect river creatures, identify those river creatures, take water samples, and assess stream habitat.
Bioreserve 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-Resilient Communities HRWC is bringing together our community partners up and down the river to examine the topic of a changing climate and how communities in the watershed, and Michigan, can maintain quality of life under projected scenarios. GLISA and River Network are partners.
Michigan Clean Water Corps MiCorps is a statewide program administered by HRWC and several partners.   Through MiCorps, HRWC trains and assists individuals and organizations in taking scientific measurements of streams and lakes using standardized methods.
Water Quality Monitoring This program is conducted for the partners in the Middle Huron Initiative (MHI) and Livingston Watershed Advisory Group (WAG). Volunteers collect water samples and take flow measurements in order to determine phosphorus concentrations and loads.

Retired Projects and Programs

Failing Septics Identification From 2010-2013, HRWC and a team of researchers and public health managers pursued an innovative approach to detect failed septic systems in order to reduce pollutants entering the Huron River and yield a cost-effective approach for county health departments to monitor and rectify problem septic systems.
Honey Creek The goal of this project was to collect information and develop a Watershed Management Plan to foster activities that will reduce the quantity of bacteria entering Honey Creek and eventually meet water quality standards.
Millers Rainwater Project From 2005-2009, HRWC led an effort to reduce erosion and pollution in Millers Creek (Ann Arbor) caused by urban rainwater runoff and measured the effectiveness of using residential techniques for capturing rainwater.



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