Headquarters for the Huron!

HRWC was established in 1965. We’ve played a vital role in securing state and federal legislation that protects water resources. We’ve shaped statewide phosphorus legislation to reduce nuisance algal blooms. We were instrumental in establishing regulations for seven PFAS chemicals in municipal drinking water. We’re advancing science and advocacy around innovative land use and climate change resiliency. We’ve created public‐private partnerships to improve the economic impact for communities along the river.

Now, 57 years since our start, the impacts of climate change, population growth, and pollution require deeper investments in river protection. To achieve the goals envisioned by our ambitious strategic plan, we need to expand our staff and expertise. Our new home, Phoenix West in downtown Ann Arbor, will enable us to grow to meet emerging needs, reduce flooding from extreme storms, ensure clean water for our citizens, and maintain a healthy river ecosystem.

Become a part of our vision!

We have several opportunities to make a major contribution to our campaign and help us realize our vision. Please consider becoming a philanthropic partner.

Recognition

All donations toward this campaign will receive recognition digitally in our new lobby, on our website, in our annual report, and at Suds on the River 2022. Donations over $5,000 will be included on a designated donor recognition piece in HRWC’s new lobby. Donors will be invited to a “First Look” open house.

Designing with Sustainable and Local Materials– $50,000 (permanent plaque)

Art Fund – $25,000 (permanent plaque)

The Headquarters for the Huron will be designed with our values in the lead. We are incorporating sustainable materials where possible like cork flooring, glass tile, and reclaimed wood paneling. Our walls will showcase local artists and Huron River-inspired themes. We are working with a Michigan-based furniture designer to create furnishings from locally salvaged wood. We strongly believe it is important to invest close to home in small businesses, artists, and sustainability to create a low-impact and inspiring space.

Building a lab to enhance Citizen Science – $75,000 (named for donor)

For the first time in our 57-year history, we will have an onsite lab to process the bug and water samples that enable us to truly understand the health of our river.  HRWC is dedicated to mentoring young people who have an interest in the sciences and environment. Our new headquarters with an on-site lab will enable young people, college students, and families to learn and conduct real science. Sparking students’ curiosity about the river will help ensure that we have biologists, chemists, and environmental technicians dedicated to a healthy river for decades to come.

Creating Community Gathering Space – $100,000 (named for donor)

We are building the headquarters for the Huron – a place that will empower current and future water stewards. Located on First Street in Ann Arbor, our new location will support sustainable transportation. HRWC team members, volunteers, partners, and interns will be able to walk, bike, or bus to work, decreasing our carbon footprint and creating a more inclusive gathering place.  It will allow us to better collaborate with partners, host events, and support internships and volunteer programs.

We have raised $103,000 toward our total goal already. Can you help take us over the finish line?

Thank you for your support of the Huron River Watershed Council as we begin a new chapter. Please  email Wendy Palms or call (734) 769-5123 to discuss how you can be a part of creating the Headquarters for the Huron!