These spread-out development patterns consume large amounts of land, threatening wildlife habitat and water quality

A recent article in the Livingston Daily Newspaper describes the aftermath of development ever expanding out into the countryside — as we build new businesses and homes further and further out, instead of  within existing built areas, natural areas are consumed.  As pavement and rooftops replace trees and soil, rainwater, along with many fertilizers, oil, and other chemicals, runs directly into our creeks, lakes, and rivers.

The article underscores HRWC’s Key Message:

“To maintain the Huron River watershed’s health in the face of increased population, we must change current patterns of development by encouraging higher density where infrastructure already exists, and holding onto our natural areas so they can continue to provide the ecological services necessary to maintain quality of water, air, land, and life.”