Fall is in full swing and so is the October News to Us. Along with gorgeous colors and photo ops, this fall’s news brings renewed monitoring contracts, investments in water infrastructure, and plans for climate adaptation from Governor Whitmer. Find out more about Michigan’s new strategies for water affordability and local climate planning below along with great wildlife photo tips.

In the fall months, a panoply of colors line the Huron River Water Trail. Photo credit: AnnArbor.org

Citizen water monitoring program extended with five-year contract
The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), a valuable state program that trains volunteers to collect ecological information from streams and lakes, led by HRWC since 2004, has been provided five years of program funding by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Michigan State University will administer the new contract in collaboration with MSU Extension, HRWC and the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association.

Governor Whitmer announces MI Clean Water: a historic $500 million investment to rebuild Michigan’s water infrastructure
In early October, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced MI Clean Water, a $500 million investment to improve water infrastructure across the state. MI Clear Water aims to make clean water more affordable for residents and support over 7,500 jobs. Learn how the investment will be allocated within drinking water quality and wastewater protection here.

Keys to viewing Michigan’s autumn wildlife
Autumn is here as peak fall colors flood Michigan landscapes. Southeast Michigan’s natural areas offer opportunities for fresh air and pictures of wildlife such as sandhill cranes, eagles, beavers, and deer. Some great locations in the Huron River watershed include Hudson Mills Metropark and the Howell Nature Center.

MDHHS releases Climate and Health Adaptation Planning Guide for Michigan communities
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently released its Climate and Health Adaptation Planning Guide for Michigan Communities. This guide was developed in conjunction with Michigan State University as a situation-specific guide for integrating climate and health into local planning and decision making. Piloted in Marquette in 2017, the guide is currently being further developed for testing in additional communities across Michigan.

Study says Huron-Clinton Metroparks generates more than $90 million in visitor spending annually
The thriving Huron-Clinton Metroparks system provides significant economic, health and environment benefits to the area. According to a new study by the Trust for Public Lands, the Metroparks generate ripple benefits across southeast Michigan communities, including increasing property values, providing healthcare cost savings, attracting visitors, and reducing air pollution costs. Read more about the study released by Metroparks here.

Content and copywriting provided with help from Paige Schurr, HRWC Pure Oakland Water Communications Intern.