The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile (167 km) inland paddling trail connecting people to the river’s natural environment, its history and the communities it touches. HRWC promotes and leads the Huron River Water Trail project.Read More »
Clean, safe drinking water. Beautiful landscapes. Healthy wildlife. Inviting places to swim, fish, paddle, and enjoy nature. Vibrant communities for residents, businesses, and farms. A legacy for future generations.
The watershed covers 908 square miles of land and is home to more than 650,000 people in seven counties. The river supplies 85% of Ann Arbor’s drinking water.
More than 2.3 million people paddle and swim in the river and its watershed lakes each year. The Huron is 125 miles long, is fed by 24 tributary creeks, and flows into Lake Erie south of Detroit.
CONNECTING LAND TO WATER
Protecting local land protects local water. The floodplains, wetlands, and natural areas of a watershed store and filter polluted runoff from rainwater and melting snow.
We study the land and water, with a lot of volunteer help, and share what we learn, working with local communities to support their efforts to protect the river system. We teach people ways we can all do our part for clean water. Some of our projects focus on fun; we promote recreation so everyone can enjoy the river. HRWC is a nonprofit organization. Individuals, businesses, and more than 40 communities support our work.
From April to September our volunteers, interns, and staff sample water at sites throughout the watershed for nutrients, bacteria, and background chemistry to measure the health of the Huron River and its creeks.Read More »
Exciting restoration and beautification projects are happening this year in Norton Creek, which resides in the Northeast area of our…Read More »
This month’s News to Us covers several threats to Michigan’s waterways including the Huron River. Harmful algal blooms, PFAS and…Read More »
You can protect the Huron River! HRWC has been providing education, technical assistance, and science programs to our watershed community since 1965. We are a nationally recognized watershed council for our innovative leadership in river protection. The key to our success is the people who support our work. People like you.
Please become a member, include us in your will, or donate to give a gift for a loved one. There are many ways to support our work.
Come out and play with us! We are serious about gathering data, we also like to have fun with like-minded folks. There are many ways to help out throughout the year with activities for all ages.
From apartment dwellers to homeowners to building managers, we’ve got tips for you. Stop in and try just one action on our list. It’s a great way to start and everyone will benefit.