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Huron River Report

Published spring, summer and fall by the Huron River Watershed Council. Get the latest news on initiatives to protect and restore the Huron River, information about watershed features and threats, and updates on HRWC programs.

Huron River Report Spring 2024

Spring 2024

  • In Her Own Words, Kris Olsson’s Thirty-one-year tenure at HRWC
  • Notes from a Change Maker, Empowering people to influence local decision-making
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, Kris Olsson retires and plans for the future
  • An Unwavering Connection to Nature, Kris Olsson, David Moran establish Watershed Resilience Endowment
  • Calling on the “Dream Team,” Helping Lyndon Township make an important decision
  • Protecting the “Right Land,” The power of partnership for effective conservation
  • Extracurricular Activities, Beyond a career, a life of advocacy and activism
  • Kris’s Call to Action! Or “What would Kris do?”
  • 2024 HRWC Stewardship Awards, Celebrating passion, advocacy and impact for the river and our community: Alan Heavner, Kay Stremler, Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program

Fall 2023

  • Pointe Mouillée or “Wet Point,” Bird migration at the mouth of the Huron River
  • Milestone Reached in the Removal of Pen Dam, EGLE funding supports next phase for HRWC and Ypsilanti
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, Ambitious climate solutions in the Clean Energy Future Plan
  • Investing for the Greater Good, HRWC is building a sustainable future
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Summer interns 2023
  • Protecting Natural Shorelines, These riparian habitats are critical for lake and river health
  • Welcome Kelly McCabe, Watershed Programs Associate and Maaike Wielenga, Marketing Associate

Summer 2023

  • Two Tickets to Paradise, Paddling and pedaling the Huron River Water Trail
  • Polluter Accountability and PFAS, Michigan’s once strong pollution regulations are no more
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, Intro to the Summer Huron River Report
  • Grab Your Waders! It’s field season in the watershed
  • Helping Willow Metropark, Naturally, Projects tackle shoreline erosion and restore a creek
  • Change Makers Push for Protection, HRWC Boot Camps teach local advocacy for clean water
  • Volunteer Spotlight, A2 Trout Unlimited!

Spring 2023

  • Invasive, Non-Native, or Naturalized? How we characterize non-native plants and why it matters
  • Land Protection and Climate Millages, Watershed voters choose conservation and climate action
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, HRWC’s top five state-level and regulatory priorities for 2023
  • 2023 HRWC Stewardship Awards, Celebrating passion and advocacy for the river and our community, Cheryl Sam, Belinda Friis, Kyle Martin
  • HRWC Open House, Inviting the community into our new space
  • Welcome Heather Hammond and Melina Pakey-Rodriguez
  • Rain Gardens Improve the River! HRWC partners develop new program

Fall 2022

  • Thirty Years of Bugs and Citizen Science Part 2, The data
  • Innovation on the Farm, Reducing phosphorus runoff while increasing profits with Whole Farms for Clean Water
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, HRWC’s new home and vote for clean water
  • A Match Made in the Huron, DTE Foundation Fellow Eric Robinson shares his experiences
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Thank you summer interns
  • Leaving Your Legacy, Planned giving benefits you and the Huron River
  • Emerging News on PFAS, EPA advisory lowers recommended max levels for PFOS and PFOA
  • Protecting Forests and Wetlands, Land protections for clean water on the ballot

Summer 2022

  • Thirty Years of Bugs and Citizen Science
  • The Clean Water Act’s 50th Anniversary
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness Anniversary Edition
  • HRWC is Moving to a New Home!
  • Michigan Paddle Stewards, Invasive species detection and reporting helps the Huron
  • Twenty Years of Volunteer Water Sampling, Chemistry and Flow program grows and changes
  • Explore Regional Waterways, Michigan Water Trails offer stellar paddling opportunities
  • 2022 HRWC Stewardship Awards

Spring 2022

  • The Bald Eagle, A powerful symbol of conservation action by guest author David Clipner, Director of Education & Wildlife at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • How to Stop Loving Our Lakes to Death, Monitoring and management is key
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, HRWC’s 5-year Strategic Plan
  • John Langs, “The Riverman,” A profound appreciation for the Huron River
  • Digital Data Collection, Upgrading our Monitoring Programs
  • Making Behavior Change Durable, Neighborhoods gear up to catch plastic
  • Volunteer Spotlight, HRWC’s new board chair Matt Lafleur

Fall 2021

  • Sowing Seeds for the Huron, Local farmer collaborations are conserving soil, land, and water quality
  • Crows in the Watershed, These big-brained birds are smart!
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, HRWC’s work to protect the river and public health from PFAS
  • Innovators Fund Germinates Collaboration, The power of plants in the fight for healthy rivers
  • Thank you, 2021 Summer Interns!
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Craig Kivi
  • Milestone Reached in Dioxane Cleanup, A newer stricter exposure limit takes effect
  • Leave No Trace Visits the Huron River Water Trail
  • Preparing for a Wild Ride, A future of extreme swings from drought to flooding

Summer 2021

  • Wait . . . Was that a Lobster? Michigan’s native crayfish and threats of a new invader
  • Updates from the Huron River Water Trail: Progress, upcoming improvements, and a new paddle-through registry
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, HRWC adapts monitoring programs and more to engage supporters
  • Mike Schultz’s Vision for the Huron, Avid fly-fisherman, entrepreneur and ambassador of clean water
  • DIY River Cleanups, Keeping momentum up despite the pandemic
  • Keeping Stormwater Running Clean, HRWC supports collaborative stormwater management
  • MiCorps ReBoot 2021, Statewide stream and lake monitoring is back with a splash
  • Welcome Marisa, HRWC adds to the outreach team
  • Updated Watershed Map Poster

Spring 2021

  • Protecting Wildlife Allies: Limiting tick populations by preserving habitat for predators
  • Protecting the Middle Huron, Top ten recommendations set to achieve healthy water
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, PFAS, climate, funding for the environment, the election
  • Erb Family Foundation, Increasing Collaboration for Healthy Great Lakes
  • Welcome, Eric, DTE Foundation Environment Fellow
  • Crossing Watershed Boundaries, HRWC collaborates with Southeast Michigan river groups
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Stewardship Awards: Joel Panozzo, Big Splash and Andrea Kline, HRWC Hall of Fame
  • River Givers Goes Virtual

Fall 2020

  • Oh, Dam! Was that a beaver?
  • Healthy Forests Equal Healthy Rivers, Why HRWC is focused on land use
  • Rebecca’s Stream of Consciousness, Floodplain management and addressing aging dams are key solutions to future flooding
  • Take a Suds Tour of the ‘Shed, Support local businesses and HRWC!
  • New State Standards for PFAS, Maximum contaminant levels established for drinking water
  • Swimming in Plastic, Redux, Microplastics are prevalent, but mysterious
  • 2020 Interns, 25 Intrepid Heroes!
  • Lights, Camera, Analyze! HRWC pilots low-cost spectrophotometer to analyze water pollution

Summer 2020

  • Invasive Aquatic Plants, Ecosystem-altering species prevalent in the Huron River watershed
  • Something’s Fishy about Mussels, What’s lurking at the bottom of the river from guest author Rene Mulcrone
  • Stream of Consciousness, Rebecca Esselman, HRWC’s Executive Director writes about COVID-19 pandemic impacts to HRWC
  • The Bill and Mary Kinley Innovators Fund, Enabling creative solutions for river protection and restoration
  • Welcome Wendy, HRWC’s new development director
  • Cleaning up the Huron, One piece at a time
  • River Giver’s Recap, Thanks for the support
  • Heroes of Woody Debris Management, Keeping the river safe, yet natural
  • New Microplastics Pollution-Reducing Member Benefit, Free Guppyfriend!

Spring 2020

  • Waterlogged: High Water Tables, High Flows, and Climate Change
  • Plan your Summer Paddling! Outfitters of the Huron River
  • Revised Phosphorus Policy Approved
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Paul Cousins
  • The Bill and Mary Kinley Innovators Fund
  • Welcome New Staff, Allison Gotelaere and Kate Laramie
  • Stream of Consciousness, Rebecca Esselman HRWC’s Executive Director writes about climate change and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Fall 2019

  • Enjoy the Huron River! Perspectives on threats to the river and how best to handle them (PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane, Microplastics)
  • Whole Farms for Clean Water, Empowering farmers to improve water quality
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Summer Interns
  • Three Easy Steps! Stop the spread of invasive species in the watershed
  • Peninsular Paper Dam Slated for Removal, Ypsilanti City Council votes for removal
  • Healthy Land = Healthy Water, HRWC releases land protection toolkit
  • Flux + Flow at Fleming, Discovering a creek through play
  • Stream of Consciousness, Rebecca Esselman HRWC’s new Executive Director shares appreciation for Laura and progress during our leadership transition

Summer 2019

  • The Great Blue Heron, A symbol of environmental health and inspiration for HRWC’s iconic logo
  • Green Infrastructure Takes Root! HRWC completes construction of new projects to improve creeksheds
  • River Givers Gathering, A recap of the spring event
  • Connecting Land and Water Trails, Washtenaw County’s Border-To-Border Trail meets the Huron River
  • Lake Monitoring Expands in the ‘Shed, Volunteers capture data on 24 lakes in 2018
  • Ensuring Safe (and Fun!) Field Outings, New efforts promote inclusivity, minimize risks
  • Laura’s Final Stream of Consciousness (as she moves to her new role at the Great Lakes Coalition), PFAS Good and Bad News

Spring 2019

  • Hellgrammites, The insect of your nightmares
  • PFAS in the Huron River, An emerging threat
  • Climate Change Vulnerability, What is it and what are we doing about it
  • We Support Nature, A cure for what ails you
  • Explore the Huron Safely and Courteously, 104 miles of Huron River National Water Trail awaits you
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Sharon and Dave Brooks
  • RiverUp! Report, Huron River Designated as a State Water Trail and Peninsular Paper Dam Removal Feasibility Study Completed
  • Ford and Belleville TMDL Update, MDEQ to redevelop lakes pollution policy
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, Making Michigan a Leader in Clean Water and Environmental Protection

Fall 2018

  • Engaging Youth in Nature & Science, HRWC Initiatives in STEM Education
  • Not Just Another Pretty Flower, The role of autumn flowering plants
  • Thank You, Elizabeth
  • Your Environmental Values, Deciding on a bequest to HRWC
  • Taking the Pulse of the River, A partnership develops a remote watershed sensor network
  • RiverUp! Report, Negotiating for a better Flat Rock Dam portage and Ypsilanti’s Peninsular Paper Dam
  • Searching for Microplastics, Developing a volunteer monitoring program
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Summer Interns
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, Highlighting HRWC’s work with the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP)

Summer 2018

  • Aerial Insectivores, Look for swallows and swifts throughout the watershed this summer
  • Safe Swimming in the Huron River, Stay healthy by deciding when and where to jump in
  • Change Makers Needed, HRWC seeks residents to make their voices heard for the river
  • RiverUp! Report, Paddler’s Companion 3rd Edition released and DTE Energy riverfront property set for transformation
  • Walter J. Weber, Jr. Water Quality Monitoring Fund Supports HRWC’s science programs
  • 2018 Stewardship Awards, Congratulations Rowan Elowe, Bill Phillips, Janis Bobrin and Books By Chance
  • Goodbye, Stevi. Hello, Andrea! Staffing changes at HRWC
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, Recognizing Laura Rubin for 20 impressive years at the helm, guest authored by Elizabeth Riggs, Deputy Director

Spring 2018

  • “Here Come Old Flat-Top,” Flathead mayfly, easy to find and easy to identify
  • Breathing Life Back into Norton Creek, Partners work to restore an impaired tributary
  • Digging into Lakes, HRWC investigates harmful algal blooms in Brighton and Ore lakes
  • Together We Protect Our Home River, How your donor support helps
  • Volunteer Spotlight, Eric Robinson
  • RiverUp! Report, Flux + Flow at Fleming and Flook Dam Portage Improvements
  • Dam Good Effort, Breaking through the money question for dam removals
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, The role of HRWC’s Board of Directors

Fall 2017

  • Fishing the Home Waters, Huron River becomes a destination for anglers
  • Planning Ahead, Local governments and residents are key to the health of the Huron
  • HRWC Fun, Getting out on the Huron River is a summertime favorite!
  • RiverUp! Report, What’s the Economic Impact of the Huron River?
  • Taking Climate Change to the Next Level, The role of regional entities to amplify local action on climate
  • 2017 Summer Interns Get the Job Done! HRWC appreciates their contributions and commitment
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, Speak up and voice opposition to the repeal of the Clean Water Rule

Summer 2017

  • Swimming in Plastic, Microplastics are found throughout the Huron River
  • Invested in the Huron, Impacts of federal funding cuts
  • Kick Toxic Sealcoats to the Curb, Safer alternatives protect families and water resources
  • New Rain Gardens in Swift Run! Green Infrastructure to improve neighborhood, creek and the Huron
  • Stewardship Awards, Recipients honored for their hard work on behalf of the Huron
  • RiverUp! Report, Low Impact Camping on the Water Trail, Sustaining Trail Towns
  • Trails in the Watershed, A shining example of Michigan as the Trail State
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, What we can do to address threats to the EPA, federal pass-through grants and climate related initiatives and funding

Spring 2017

  • Volunteer Initatives, Bill Lee, Sally Ruzky, Janet Kahan and Jesus Bautista help the Huron
  • Catch-and-Release Protects the Huron’s Fish, Anglers can help offset the effects of climate change
  • Plant a Tree . . . Today, And store 100 gallons of stormwater
  • Benefits of a Free-flowing River, Dam removal is an essential strategy for river restoration
  • RiverUp! Report, Making a More Accessible River, Trail Ambassadors Keep a Look Out
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, update on Ann Arbor area dioxane-contamination, Dave Wilson tribute

Winter 2016

  • Try Your Hand at Ice Fishing, And be sure to wear warm gloves!
  • Preparing for Climate Change, Anticipating an altered climate and its impacts on the watershed
  • Hands-on Learning Gets All Wet! Education Program takes on snorkeling
  • RiverUp! Report, Frog Island Park Renovation, Connecting the Huron River Water Trail to the Great Lakes
  • Making Honey Better, HRWC receives grant to improve Honey Creek in Scio Township
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, Dioxane cleanup standards, coal tar bans and phosphorus in Lake Erie

Fall 2016

  •  Creek Countdown, How healthy is the creek near you?
  • Surprises in Norton Creek, A mix of restoration efforts recommended
  • Pointe Mouillee or “Wet Point,” Bird migration through the mouth of the Huron River
  • 2016 Summer Interns
  • Huron River Appreciation Day
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, HRWC’s new 5-year strategic plan for 2016-2021

Summer 2016

  • Aquatic Hitchhikers, Invasive species change and destroy ecosystems
  • Shared Resource, Shared Responsibility, How several communities are using water wisely
  • RiverUp! Report, Tackling Ford Lake’s tough portage, Measuring the worth of a river
  • Communities Reduce NPS Pollution, New regulations push further improvements in stormwater control
  • Tour Your River, Plan a Huron River Water Trail adventure
  • 2016 Annual Stewardship Awards
  • Creating Climate Resilient Communities, Changing rainfall has implications for stormwater management
  • HRWC Events and Workshops for June, July, August
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, An update on HRWC projects

 Spring 2016

  • Rain Gardens in Mitchell, Neighbors join together to protect Swift Run Creek
  • Fluctuating Flows Frustrate Fish, How providing more habitat helps fish spawn and thrive
  • The Bad, The Good and The Really Good, Celebrating Success in a coal tar-free watershed
  • Huron Love Stories, HRWC oral history project
  • HRWC Events and Workshops for March, April, May
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, Observations from the Flint Water Crisis

Winter 2015

  • HRWC Looks Ahead, The final part of a series celebrating 50 years of history, growth and achievement
  • Eyes on the River, HRWC volunteers protect the Huron
  • New Monitoring Methods, Investigating crowd-hydrology and remote sampling options
  • Oral History Project, Paul Rentschler recalling the “boom years” at HRWC – babies, a body behind the door, kids in the halls, and expanding success
  • Use Less Salt This Winter, At home, frequent shoveling is best!

Fall 2015

  • HRWC’s Second 25 Years, Part 3 of a series celebrating 50 years of history, growth and achievement
  • Woody Debris, Friend or foe?
  • DIA Inside|Out on the Huron River, 15 masterpieces on exhibit along the Water Trail, now through October
  • Preparing for a Safer Future, How emergency managers can help communities adapt to climate changes
  • Building a Community of Practice, HRWC hosts inaugural National Water Trails Forum
  • Huron River Appreciation Day, Photos from our July 12 celebration
  • Success! HRWC continues to make waves with a slew of recent projects

Summer 2015

  • HRWC’s First 25 Years, Part 2 of a series celebrating 50 years of history, growth and achievement
  • Middle Huron Progress, Investments yield results
  • “You Mean We’re Drinking Your Pee?!” Huron River oral history project continues with Paul Cousins
  • The 18th National Water Trail, Huron River Water Trail joins network of exemplary trails
  • Stewardship Awards:  Zachery Gizicki, Luke Blackburn, Magda Herkof
  • Recipe for Conservation Success, Ingredients for a Great Michigan in the 98th Michigan Legislative Session
  • Protecting a Regional Treasure, The Huron’s Natural River District

Spring 2015

  • Tracing HRWC’s Roots, the Huron River Watershed Council at 50
  • The American Mink, a relentless predator perfectly suited to a riparian habitat
  • Upstream, Downstream and a Swim, Huron River oral history project continues
  • RiverUp! Generates Momentum, highlights of recent accomplishments and current projects
  • Waterfront Wisdom, tips for shoreline property owners
  • Program Updates, HRWC’s activities on various programs in 2014

Winter 2014

  • Trail Towns of the Huron, Part 4 in a series: the City of Ann Arbor
  • Toxic Bacteria Impacts Lake Erie Communities, harmful algal blooms and their connections to the Huron River watershed
  • Word on the Streets, coal tar sealcoat emerging as serious human and aquatic health threat
  • Keeping the ‘Shed Natural, natural areas and farmland preservation
  • Oral History Project, stories about the Huron River and its watershed
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, phosphorus reduction and climate change resiliency, improving agricultural controls and enabling stormwater utilities

Fall 2014

  • Trail Towns of the Huron, Part 4 in a series: the Village of Milford
  • Hardworking Trees, low-cost watershed workers
  • Green Infrastructure Innovation, coming soon to a neighborhood near you!
  • Education, HRWC-style, volunteers go deep with watershed-area schools
  • Oral History Project, stories about the Huron River and its watershed
  • Looking Under the Hood, university team studies river flows, the Huron’s “engine”
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, honoring Congressman John Dingell

Summer 2014

  • Trail Towns of the Huron, Part 3 in a series:  the City of Ypsilanti
  • Ford Lake’s Legacy, the mixed history of the impoundment
  • Stewardship Awards, Mike Schultz, The Battersby Family and Dave Wilson
  • From Source to Source, the energy and carbon in our water supply
  • Saving Water Saves Energy, program opens doors and inspires increased water conservation
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, highlights from State of the Huron Conference 2014

Spring 2014

  • Trail Towns of the Huron, Part 2 in a series:  the City of Flat Rock
  • Bird Migration, finding feathered friends in the watershed
  • When It Rains, It Pours, rainfall in a changing climate
  • Up a Creek, no need for a paddle
  • Green and Clean, understanding “Green Infrastructure”
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, wetland permitting, dioxane, fracking and State of the Huron Conference

Special Issue: Michigan Fisheries, 200 Years of Changes

  • This document is a compilation of the 4 part fish series found in the Winter 2012-Fall 2013 newsletters.

Winter 2013

  • Trail Towns of the Huron, Part 1 in a series:  the Village of Dexter
  • Mapping By Hand, how it was done over 100 years ago
  • Investigating Bacteria Sources, Honey Creek Plan
  • Identifying Failing Septics, a new approach
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, concerns about Michigan’s new wetlands law

Fall 2013

  • 200 Years of Michigan Fish, Part 4 (final installment)
  • A Paddler’s Journey, Ron Sell’s 2013 river expedition
  • Protection for Portage Creek, Communities work to keep high-quality creek healthy
  • Laura Rubin, River Hero!, River Network recognizes her inspirational leadership
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, reflections on the River Hero award and stormwater, asset management and wastewater

Summer 2013

  • 200 Years of Michigan Fish, Part 3
  • Honey, We Shrunk the Huron!, using mesocosms to perform river experiments
  • Map of upcoming recreation features of the HRWT
  • Adapting to a Changing Climate, project report
  • Stewardship Awards, HRWC honors three individuals for their exceptional dedication
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, EPA’s National Rivers and Streams Assessment

  Spring 2013

  •  200 Years of Michigan Fish, Part 2
  • RiverUp!date, Highlights of 2012
  • Results are In! 2012 water quality monitoring shows mixed trends
  • HRWC Events and Workshops for March, April, May
  • Our Regulated River, Resources for dam owners and operators in the Huron
  • H2O and Planned Giving, Leave a legacy for the Huron River
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, a new project protecting Portage Creek
  • Thank you to our supporters and volunteers

Winter 2012

  • 200 Years of Michigan Fish
  • Low Flow Woes and Lake Levels
  • Survey Says Watershed Residents are Stormdrain-Aware
  • Never a Dull Moment, HRWC Programs Progress Report
  • Blue Giving, HRWC Staff picks for meaningful gifts
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, a tribute to Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner Janis Bobrin

Fall 2012

  • Ospreys are Back, reintroduction effort a success
  • Restoration of a Highly Urbanized Mallets Creek, benefits extend downriver
  • Clean Water Act at 40, a perspective on landmark legislation
  • A Dam Nation, HRWC continues to eye the impacts of dams on the Huron
  • New Staff, welcome Rebecca Esselman, HRWC Watershed Planner
  • Laura’s Stream of Consciousness, concerns about in-stream whitewater structures

Summer 2012

  • The Huron River in the War of 1812, the Governor’s vision for a military supply route
  • Changing color of stormwater, green infrastructure
  • H2O Heroes beat the peak, tips for saving water outdoors in the summer
  • Make no small plans, charting a river’s rebirth
  • Volunteer Awards, thanks and celebration at Annual Meeting
  • A few special volunteer positions, are you the right fit for these opportunities?

Spring 2012

  • Elusive neighbors, salamanders in the watershed
  • New Honey Creek study investigates bacteria
  • Stream muckin’ and bug collectin’, how and why we do it
  • Summer events: birding, fly fishing, hiking, swimming, paddling
  • Board representative Scott Barb from Livingston County
  • River stewards Barry Lonik and Donna Snyder speak up
  • HRWC water quality monitoring program expands to lower Huron

Winter 2011

  • Three ways to get outside and have fun this winter
  • Scenarios of winter climate change in the watershed
  • New fertilizer restrictions
  • HRWC and partners target phosphorus, bacteria and habitat problems
  • 2012 Watershed Community Calendar available
  • Take the Watershed Community Online Survey

Fall 2011 Special Issue, Save Water, Tips and Info Inside . . .

  • Save water, energy and money while protecting the Huron
  • Water impacts of electricity production
  • HRWC begins new community-based climate change planning
  • Your water footprint
  • Bids on the River online auction opens Friday, September 16
  • 2012 Watershed Community Calendar available in September
  • Take the Watershed Community Online Survey

Summer 2011

  • Freshwater Sponges
  • Meet HRWC’s Storm Chasers
  • New  Ad Campaign
  • HRWC takes the Lead on Dam Program Improvements
  • Annual Meeting
  • Paddle the Huron River Water Trail

Spring 2011

  • Adopt-A-Stream Founder Retires
  • Assessing the Huron’s Natural Areas
  • New River Scouts Program, Paddle to Protect
  • High-Tech Sleuthing to Detect Failing Septics
  • Volunteer Monitoring in Livingston County
  • HRWC’s Summer Recreation Events (fly fishing, paddle trips, and more)

Winter 2010

  • HRWC Wraps Up a Successful Project Using Rain Gardens
  • Oil and Gas Pipelines in the Watershed
  • Progress on Phosphorus-free Fertilizer Regulations
  • Taking the Huron River’s Temperature

Fall 2010

  • The River Today
  • Measuring Stream Flow
  • Fall Birding Opportunities
  • 360 Feet of Streambank Restored on Mill Creek

Summer 2010

  • The River in 1966
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Data for Lower Huron
  • To Hell and Back Portage Creek Management Plan

Spring 2010

  • The Skinny on Lakes
  • Phosphorus Declines throughout Middle Huron
  • Join Us for 2010 Summer Fun
  • Ann Arbor Township Protects the Watershed

Winter 2009: Special Issue, Climate Change

  • Why Climate Change Matters
  • SUDS on the River a Success
  • Film Fest Call for Entries
  • 2010 Wall Calendars Available

Fall 2009

  • Native plants green up the Huron
  • HRWC advocates Argo Dam removal
  • Stream buffer protection in Green Oak and Scio Townships

Summer 2009

  • What is your favorite place on the Huron?
  • Water quality of 13 local lakes measured in 2008
  • Changes in Lansing impact wetland, DEQ, and DNR
  • Planning in Portage and Protecting in Mill
  • Korean delegation visits HRWC

Spring 2009

  • Swans of the watershed
  • Great Lakes compact approved
  • Michigan Clean Water Corps: Bringing water monitors together from across the state
  • Spring and summer volunteer activities
  • Implementing low impact development in Michigan

Winter 2008

  • Eradicating deadly diseases: a local wetland’s role
  • What our data tells us about the condition of the Huron
  • Snow and ice melting tips for homeowners
  • Celebrate winter in the Huron River Watershed

Fall 2008

  • HRWC celebrates first dam removal in the watershed
  • Three critical factors for healthy streams
  • Adopt-a-stream program seeks volunteers and support
  • Top rated adventures in the watershed,
  • MDEQ issued new permits controlling stormwater runoff admid controversy.

Summer 2008

  • Two ways to explore your watershed
  • Get the “dirt” about soil composition and life
  • Miller’s Creek development highlight low impact tools of urban stormwater management
  • New Wood’s Creek friends group launched
  • Riparian buffer initiative completed
  • Successful Third Annual film festival focus on watershed issues.

Spring 2008

  • Freshwater jellyfish thrive in Huron River
  • Innovative planning tools
  • Encouraging report on five-year study of middle Huron
  • River friendly lawn care tips
  • Dexter dam removal is moving ahead
  • HRWC shares favorite spring location along Mill Creek watershed.

Winter 2007

  • Study illustrates potential watershed deterioration by 2030
  • Seeking the elusive Stonefly
  • HRWC staff and locals protect Woods Creek
  • Portage Creek to have its own management plan
  • Successful “Suds on the River” environmental awareness event
  • Update on HRWC projects & activities
  • Bioreserve project seeks volunteers & partners.

Fall 2007

  • Tools for preserving the watershed
  • Liz reports on her 100-mile Huron River swim
  • Five area townships participating in Huron Buffer Initiative
  • Paw Paw trees still found in a few Huron floodplain forests
  • Green Oak Township leading effort on stormwater ordinance

Summer 2007

  • Liz swims the Huron to raise awareness for water quality
  • Green alternatives to traditional burial practices
  • Successes from the second annual film festival
  • Adopt-a-Stream volunteers provide vital scientific information about the Huron and its tributaries
  • Volunteers honored at annual meeting
  • Bioreserve project on a roll

Spring 2007

  • Progress and direction for Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt Initiative
  • Helping HRWC identify and protect natural areas
  • Innovative land-use project focuses on transfer of development rights (TDR)
  • Colt Farm’s permit denied
  • How stormwater regulations hold up in court
  • Longnose Gar is an ancient native fish species present in the Huron

Winter 2006

  • Origins of the Huron River name
  • Results of a two-year study of Mill Creek
  • Tax incentives for land conservation
  • Restoration projects in the Huron’s headwaters and a section of Millers Creek
  • Detroit Heritage River Water Trail in the works
  • Ann Arbor bans phosphorus in lawn fertilizers

Fall 2006

  • Steelhead and chinook salmon in the Huron
  • Stream assessment using modeling techniques
  • Questions (about water protection) to ask your candidates for state and local office
  • Study of novel methods to prevent algae problems in Ford and Belleville lakes

Summer 2006

  • Migrating birds of the Huron
  • Buffer initiative protects riparian areas
  • Paddling on the Huron: contact info for liveries
  • Mill Creek watershed update
  • Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) program studies high-density development

Spring 2006

  • Rare plants and animals in the watershed
  • Davis Creek
  • Bioreserve program continues

Winter 2005

  • Effects of road salt on the Huron
  • Reactions from River RoundUp
  • Drinking water damaged by development
  • Lower Huron and Huron Chain of Lakes watershed management plans completed
  • Workshops for lakefront property owners to help protect lake quality

Fall 2005

  • Mill Creek project targets subwatershed protection
  • Kidney shell mussel egg case found in the Huron
  • Pharmaceutical pollutants in the Huron
  • Residents concerned about algal blooms
  • History of HRWC
  • Removal of Mill Pond Dam

Summer 2005

  • Story of Barton Pond
  • Field guide to aquatic phenomena
  • Early origins of HRWC
  • Storming Down a Lovely Valley: new report on Millers Creek

Spring 2005

  • Life as a smallmouth bass
  • Millages to protect greenspace
  • Recreation in the watershed: contact information for area parks
  • Rapid stream assessments provide snapshot of stream conditions
  • Barton Pond vulnerable to bluegreen algae
  • Plant trees to protect the Huron

Winter 2004

  • Fishing spiders
  • Controversy over water withdrawal rules
  • Feasibility of removing Argo Dam
  • Statewide monitoring through Michigan Clean Water Corps
  • Natural areas map completed

Fall 2004

  • Flooding around Ore Lake
  • Infrastructure barriers harm fish and mussels
  • State acts to curb sprawl
  • Implementation of Mill Creek plan
  • Watershed communities examine codes and ordinances

Summer 2004

  • Approaches to Phase II storm water regulations
  • Machines restore polluted aquatic environments
  • Bridge planned in natural river zone
  • Watershed friendly golf

Spring 2004

  • Measuring flooding in Allen’s Creek
  • Implementation of Kent Lake subwatershed plan
  • Hawk migration in the Huron
  • Middle Huron stream monitoring update
  • Greenbelt plan to protect open space
  • Pledge book survey results

Winter 2003

  • MDEQ approves watershed plan in Mill Creek
  • A muskrat tale
  • The first State of the Huron Conference
  • Ann Arbor library builds “green”