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

HRWC is committed to our mission, advancing our programs and minimizing the impacts of COVID-19. Until further notice all staff are working remotely.

The following staff are designated as “necessary to conduct minimum business operations” under Governor Whitmer’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order: Rebecca Esselman, Jennifer Kangas and Allison Gotelaere.

Paddling Safety During COVID-19

Check out HRWC’s Dan Brown’s blog post on our Huron River Water Trail site

Paddling safely during COVID-19

Changes to HRWC programming as of April 27, 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: 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 (see webinar on March 21)
  • March 28: 2020 Vision Your Lake Health and You postponed
  • April 5:  Leader Collector Training canceled
  • April 18: River Roundup for Earth Day canceled
  • April 19: Big House 5K canceled
  • April 23: HRWC Board Meeting changed to virtual/phone-in
  • May 3: Insect ID Day canceled
  • June 6 and 7: Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show canceled
  • May 17: Huron River Day canceled
  • Sept 10: Suds on the River is now our Suds for the River, a self-guided tour with great prizes!
  • Other events: To be determined

HRWC will continue to follow recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.


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: