Water Quality Monitoring and Education

Promote and Coordinate Studies Regarding Water Resources

  • HRWC staff, board members, and volunteers serve on local river/watershed related committees and work with lake associations, municipal agencies and departments as requested;
  • The Council performs fieldwork to generate water quality information (stream and river quality, too), and utilizes that and other existing water quality and quantity information to develop watershed management plans for priority areas of the Huron River Basin;
  • The Adopt-A-Stream program generates creek reports for the creeks and streams in the monitoring program.

Prepare periodic reports concerning emerging issues within the Huron River Watershed

Provide specific information to the public regarding the Huron River, its lakes, streams, flood plains, wetlands and groundwater, and research conducted by the Council

Distribute a quarterly newsletter on water resource issues

The newsletter informs members of Council activities and emerging issues regarding water quality and the Huron River.  Copies are provided for each member of the community’s governing board and planning commission.  Additional copies are provided for distribution to the public visiting the municipal offices and through area public libraries.  Additional action bulletins/e-mails are distributed when the need arises to detail important initiatives affecting the river.

Conduct presentations, workshops, and hands-on educational programs on the Huron River and its ecosystem

  • We train teachers in the use of environmental education materials on rivers, wetlands, and groundwater, and develop new curricula to augment existing curricula;
  • The Council has developed the State’s premiere Adopt-A-Stream program through which citizen volunteers receive hands-on training to learn stream ecology, assess the health of area creeks and take action locally to protect these sensitive systems;
  • Staff is available to do video and slide presentations.

Technical Assistance and Policy Development

Provide technical analysis of data and reports regarding water resources

Provide technical assistance in the development of water resource protection policy and ordinances

  • We assist local planners in stormwater management planning, and in developing ordinances/policies for protecting wetlands, flood plains, riparian zones and groundwater resources;
  • The Council also provides statewide leadership in issues related to watershed protection.

Permit and development proposal review/assessment of potential impacts to surface and groundwater resources

  • HRWC staff and technical advisors review permit applications under Michigan’s Goemaere-Anderson Wetland Protection Act, Inland Lakes and Streams Act, Flood Plain Regulatory Authority, and National Pollution Discharge Elimination Program and other programs administered by State and Federal Agencies;
  • We also provide technical assistance on proposed development plans and environmental management plans and practices.

Regional, State and Federal Representation

  • Provide member governments with a forum for the resolution of inter-governmental disputes or inter-jurisdictional problems arising from the management of shared water resources.
  • Provide regional representation by serving on committees
  • Comment upon State and Federal legislation, polity or planning initiatives that affect local governments and water resources.

Other Services Available to Members on a Contractual Basis

  • Ordinance administration
  • Water quality studies
  • Wetland and/or other natural feature mapping
  • Planning for drinking water protection
  • Inventories of potentially threatening land uses and hazardous materials handling procedures
  • Facilitation of inter-governmental planning