Check out these opportunities to protect the Huron River and clean water.

Event for Newly Elected and Appointed Officials- Share the Word

Change Makers Boot CampPlease share this with your new reps. Here is some handy text for you to cut and paste into an email:

HRWC is offering three FREE virtual Boot Camps this March (25, 26, 30); with tools for water quality and natural area protection for local governments.

Join other elected and appointed local government officials to gain keen insights to help you lead, participate in discussions about the Huron River and its watershed, the impacts of development on clean water, and how local governments can make policies to protect drinking water and preserve natural areas.

The workshops will be especially useful for *newly elected and appointed officials*

  • Make clean water for drinking and recreation a priority in your community.
  • Learn effective ordinance and master plan tools for guiding development to support livable neighborhoods while maintaining ecosystem services.
  • Learn how to reduce budgets and improve the quality of life in your community by protecting forests, wetlands, floodplains, and streams.

Go to to sign up.

Become a Clean Water Ambassador

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is seeking members of the public to serve as clean water ambassadors who will advise EGLE on drinking water issues.

“Engaging Michigan residents so that they can help shape state and local efforts to provide clean drinking water to all Michigan families is at the heart of our mission,” said EGLE Clean Water Public Advocate Ninah Sasy. “We are excited to launch this effort to bring new and diverse voices from the community to the table and look forward to hearing their ideas on how we can make cleaner drinking water for all Michiganders a reality.”

Oak Openings

Although we have many parks and preserves in the area, people are surprised to find that some of the best natural areas are in their own backyards. Private landowners play a critical role in the in keeping the region’s lands and waters healthy.

If your property is in the Oaks area, please join The Nature Conservancy and fellow private landowners to learn more about unique features you may find on your property, how you can improve your landscape, and resources to help you along the way. Click here to see if your property is in the Oak Openings!

March 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  
Zoom presentation – Register Here!

Kick the Tires on Your Local Zoning Code

These 5 steps will help you test the development potential in your town. Here’s a sample from this article by Sarah Kobos

“It’s a shame that the era of mass-produced real estate corresponded with the era of auto-oriented regulation and design. Unfortunately, when these two Wonder Twin powers activated, they formed the shape of a lot of lousy places. So I keep going back to older neighborhoods, looking for the good stuff and wondering how we can infuse great design into the modern world.”

The Density Question

What is the right density for a Livable Community that enables land and water to be preserved? What is the magic number that makes all the math work for plugging into our zoning codes to get the optimum balance? Article by Charles Marohn

We Need Complete Neighborhoods

A Complete Neighborhood is one where, outside of commuting to work or spending a night out, you can get everything you need within walking distance. Article by Andrew Price.

EGLE Offers Local Leaders Webinar Series

EGLE has launched a series of recorded webinars dedicated to helping Michigan’s local officials and community leaders gain a better understanding of EGLE and the environmental regulations that affect their communities. Some discuss local government issues as they relate to State regulations.

Thank you!

Kris and Jason

Monthly update imageChange Makers provide a voice for the Huron River and its watershed by becoming involved in their local governments to encourage water protection.