Watershed Science

HRWC runs several scientific programs designed to gauge the health of the land and water throughout the watershed. In addition to these programs, stream flow studies, water quality monitoring and other river research is conducted as part of watershed management plan development and project implementation.

Current programs and project are listed first. Scroll down to see past programs and projects.

Current Projects and Programs

Biological and Habitat Monitoring We have been monitoring our watershed’s rivers and creeks for over 20 years so we can carefully track changes in our water. River Roundup and Stonefly volunteers work with our scientists to collect and identify river creatures (mostly insects) and to assess stream habitat.
Natural Areas Assessment and Protection Our Bioreserve Project assesses and protects the remaining natural areas in the watershed.  Volunteers collect data during field studies of private and public properties; HRWC uses the data to work with local communities, conservancies, and natural area property landowners to protect and restore natural areas.
Climate Change Adaptation actions help communities and ecosystems cope with a changing climate. HRWC’s Climate Resilient Communities and Great Lakes Vulnerability Assessment projects are helping watershed communities and the river adapt to changing conditions in the Huron and regionally.
Michigan Clean Water Corps MiCorps is a statewide program administered by HRWC and several partners.   Through MiCorps, HRWC trains and assists individuals and organizations in taking scientific measurements of streams and lakes using standardized methods.
Norton Creek Watershed We are creating a watershed plan that will serve as a blueprint for restoring and protecting Norton Creek for local governments, businesses, and communities. We are also working on restoration and grow green projects in the creekshed.
Swift Run: Growing Green HRWC is assessing the health of the Swift Run creek and then bringing “grow green” techniques to parks, streets, and residential properties in partnership with residents, the City of Ann Arbor, and Washtenaw County. The project will end with another assessment of the creek to determine project impacts.
Water Quality Monitoring (Chemistry and Flow Monitoring) This program is conducted for the partners in the Middle Huron Initiative (MHI) and Livingston Watershed Advisory Group (WAG). Volunteers collect water samples and take flow measurements in order to determine phosphorus concentrations and loads.

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