Coronavirus COVID-19 announcements

The safety and health of our program participants, volunteers, staff and community is our utmost priority and we support efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.

We have canceled all upcoming spring events and will make adjustments for the safety and health of our community as information becomes available. We will do our best to notify participants of program changes by email as soon as we are able.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Enery (EGLE) is closing its district offices as of March 24 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Employees will continue to work. To lodge an environmental complaint or report an environmental emergency, you can still call their 24-hour emergency line at: (800) 662-9278

Changes to HRWC programming as of March 23, 2020:

  • March 16 and 17: Whole Farms for Clean Water Info Session canceled, but go the project web page to schedule a one-on-one phone call
  • March 21 and 22: Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show, re-scheduled to June 6 and 7
  • March 21: Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Orientation will be held via live stream webinar which will also be made available on demand
  • March 28: Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Orientation in Wayne County canceled (moved to webinar on March 21) We will email those who have already registered for both Chemistry and Flow Monitoring orientations details on how to participate in the webinar or how to access the training videos. There is still room for more program participants and we are still accepting volunteer signups.  All of the in season work of our Chemistry and Flow Monitoring program takes place outdoors in small groups of less than five people. Moving forward, we will communicate any changes and updates on the outings directly with those who signed up as the season progresses.
  • March 28: 2020 Vision Your Lake Health and You likely to be postponed or offered as a webinar
  • April 5:  Leader Collector Training canceled
  • April 18: River Roundup for Earth Day canceled
  • April 19: Big House 5K canceled
  • May 3: Insect ID Day canceled
  • Other events: To be determined

HRWC will continue to follow recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that are designed to help prevent the spread of the virus. We will look to the Washtenaw County Health Department for information and guidance, and we will adhere to all temporary policies and measures implemented by the NEW Center in Ann Arbor, where HRWC offices are located and many of our programs are held.

Please be aware that effective March 12, the NEW Center has closed the building to public meetings and the doors will be locked 24 hours. HRWC visitors will need to make specific arrangements with HRWC staff for entry.

If you have questions or concerns we encourage you to reach out to us. Know that HRWC staff remain committed to our mission and are in a good position to advance our programs and projects under these new circumstances.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Resources

for information on cleaning hands, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a face mask and recommendations for higher risk individuals check the  Washtenaw County Health Department recommendations.

For the most current news about the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 please visit the following sites: