Volunteers watering a Grow Zone in Lower Huron Metropark at Woods Creek.
Volunteers watering a Grow Zone in Lower Huron Metropark at Woods Creek.

HRWC’s work with local community partners to reduce stormwater impacts in recent years is starting to show results!  These results range from better relationships with constituents and a better educated public to measurable water quality improvement.  Some key results in the past year include:

  • Phosphorus in the Middle Huron close to meeting target levels. Efforts to educate the public and restrict the use of phosphorus fertilizers are correlated with a decrease in total phosphorus concentrations in the river and tributaries. Concentrations have dropped by more than 30% in some areas.
  • Water quality monitoring used as a statewide example. HRWC’s Water Quality Monitoring program is being touted in statewide guidance as an example of an innovative strategy to monitor stormwater across a large watershed.  Look for expansion into Livingston County this year!
  • Stormwater projects are expanding. Numerous stormwater projects were installed over the last year in the watershed.  Types of projects include: storage & treatment, Grow Zones, rain gardensshoreline and buffer restoration, and fertilizer ordinances
  • Coordinated watershed-wide stormwater activities. At community partner request, HRWC facilitates ongoing planning of key stormwater projects and watershed activities in three counties: Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston.