Climate Change

Climate Change in the Huron River Watershed

Climate change is evident in the Huron River watershed already.  We are seeing warmer overall temperatures and more intense rainfall events. Models that predict future trends indicate these trends will continue. This means warmer water temperatures effecting the plants, fish and other aquatic organisms that help keep our rivers healthy and clean. It also means increased precipitation and flooding in winter and spring and fall potentially drier summers with droughts becoming more common.

Here are several resources for people interested in learning more about local climate change.


We can take action now that will make our communities and the watershed’s ecosystems more resilient. There are also actions all citizens can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the amount of climate change that occurs.  To learn more about how HRWC is tackling climate change see our related project pages.

Past projects

  • Preparing the Huron River for a Changing Climate – Implementing a suite of strategies to keep water temperatures cool, river flow within the natural range of variation and fish populations healthy (See video).
  • Saving Water Saves Energy and the Carbon Footprint of Water – Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by using water more efficiently helping reduce the threat of global climate change. Information from this project is still available for those who wish to Take Action.

HRWC worked with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) to develop localized and easy to understand fact sheets summarizing the best available climate data for the area and explaining potential impacts of climate change to key sectors.

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