Education and Stewardship

Elementary and Secondary School Programs

HRWC volunteers offer outreach programming to schools in the watershed

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Public Education and Stewardship Programs

HRWC works to inspire change in attitudes and actions of the residents of the Huron River Watershed.  Our goal is to show residents that their actions can make a difference for the watershed, both positively and negatively!

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.
Adopt-a-Stormdrain Join your neighbors who are keeping their stormdrains for rain only by removing leaves and other debris in the spring, summer, and fall months.
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.
Educational Programming (K-12) HRWC can offer elementary and high school instruction for field activities and in-class projects. Streamside hands-on field work includes stream and habitat visual assessment, stream mapping, flow, insects, pH, temperature, nitrate, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen.
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.
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.
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.
Woody Debris Clearing Woody debris in creeks and rivers is essential habitat for bugs and animals. However it sometimes impedes recreational uses and can pose hazards for other human uses. Balancing these needs when removing log jams and snags is critical.

Retired Projects and Programs

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.
River Scouts From 2011-2012, River Scouts were a group of novice to experienced paddlers who learned about the river, paddled the river together throughout the summer, cleaned up the river’s scenic river section, and communicated their river observations to HRWC and the Natural Rivers Program staff.


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