Climate Change in the Huron River Watershed
There is some uncertainty about climate change impacts in the future, but here in the humid midwest we can generally anticipate warmer overall temperatures and more intense rainfall events. 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 potentially drier summers and falls with droughts becoming more common. See Huron River Report Climate Change Edition, Winter 2009 for details about climate change at the watershed level.
HRWC believes that we can take action now that will make our communities and the watershed’s ecosystems more resilient. HRWC wants to work with stakeholders in the watershed to build future scenarios of climate change, develop practices that anticipate and minimize its impacts, and advocate for and help implement these practices. See the project page for this endeavor.
Climate Change At-A-Glance
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.
- Climatology for the Ann Arbor Station – a summary of historical data to share climate trends from Ann Arbor’s weather station
- Climatology for Southeast Michigan – a summary of historical data to share climate trends in SE Michigan
- Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region – a look at both historical and projected future data for the entire Great Lakes Region
- Impacts of Climate Change on Infrastructure
- Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources
- Impacts of Climate Change on Public Health
- Improving information access and communication among dam operations of the Huron River main stem
- Improving stormwater management in the Huron River watershed
- Review of climate impacts to tree species of the Huron River watershed
- Tree resource resiliency toolkit (year 2 product - recently published)
Climate Impacts to Tree Species information is also available in individual fact sheets.
- Acer negundo — Boxelder
- Acer rubrum — Red maple
- Acer saccharum — Sugar maple
- Betula papyrifera — Paper birch
- Carya spp. — Hickory species
- Fagus grandifolia — American beech
- Larix laricina — Tamarack
- Picea mariana — Black spruce
- Pinus strobus — Eastern white pine
- Quercus alba — White oak
- Quercus macrocarpa — Bur oak
- Quercus velutina — Black oak
- Tilia americana — American basswood