Walter J. Weber, Jr., PhD dedicated his life to water system sustainability and environmental engineering through academic research at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering for over 40 years. After retiring in 2009, Dr. Weber discovered the work of the Huron River Watershed Council and after seeing its numerous environmental successes, quickly became a generous supporter of HRWC’s science programs. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Weber hosted Suds on the River, HRWC’s signature fundraiser, at his home on Ford Lake in Ypsilanti. Dr. Weber’s family appreciates being able to support HRWC’s mission to restore and protect the river for healthy and vibrant communities.
Now the Weber family wants to extend this support into a lasting tribute to their father through a campaign to grow the Walter J. Weber, Jr. Water Quality Monitoring Fund at HRWC. HRWC’s longest serving programs are the science programs that comprise over 25 years of data collection, and engage and educate over 500 volunteers annually.
The fund’s goal is to honor Dr. Weber’s lifework in water by supporting HRWC’s vital biology, chemistry, and flow monitoring of the Huron River and its tributaries and to provide learning and stewardship experiences for the next generation of water scientists.
The HRWC maintains three science programs: