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.

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

For purposes of emergency rules, orders and directives issued by MDHHS, MIOSHA and/or Governor Whitmer, the following staff are designated as “necessary to conduct minimum basic operations”: Rebecca Esselman, Jennifer Kangas, and Allison Schneider.

Please be aware that effective March 12, 2020 the NEW Center, where our offices reside, has closed the building to public meetings and the doors will be locked 24-hours. HRWC visitors need to make specific arrangements with HRWC staff for entry.

To report spills, releases, or other environmental emergencies, please contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) hotline: 800-292-4706.

If your matter is not an emergency but you just have a question or are seeking information about EGLE programs, regulations, reporting requirements, reportable quantities, etc. please call the EGLE Environmental Assistance Center: 800-662-9278.

Changes to HRWC Programming

HRWC may change the format of some programming to ensure social distancing and the safety of volunteers, donors, staff and others. For example, Winter Stonefly Search, January 2021 and our River Roundup 2021 sought support only from returning volunteers, who received a direct invitation to participate. Program status announcements and format will be made by email, on program landing pages, and in our events calendar. We hope our volunteer programming will return to normal later in 2021.

HRWC will continue to follow recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 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.

We are planning to hold our annual Suds on the River event on September 9, 2021. Please check the Suds event page for details.

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.

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

COVID-19 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: