Want to help with a clean up but don’t have time to arrange one yourself? Come join our team! Huron River Watershed Council cleanups are held periodically.

Cleanups are held various times of year from spring through autumn.

We have a cleanup coming up on August 18 in Milford hosted by Friends of the Huron-Oakland.

We will notify volunteers of cleanups. If you aren’t signed up as a volunteer yet, here’s the Volunteer Sign up form to receive notifications for clean up opportunities.

For information, contact Jason at jfrenzel@hrwc.org.

Items to bring along:

  • Gloves, closed-toe shoes, clothing appropriate for getting wet and dirty
  • Sunscreen and/or mosquito repellent
  • Waders (if the cleanup will be on a creek)
  • If not hosted at a livery: canoe, kayak, or other watercraft AND personal floatation device
  • Heavy duty trash bags (stronger than the average household use bags)
  • If available: polarized sunglasses

After party: We often have a potluck/BBQ after the cleanups, to say thanks!

Fine Print:
* Some cleanups have canoes provided for free, some for a slight charge, and for some cleanups, we ask that you to bring your own watercraft.
* Cleanup volunteers need to provide their own gear. HRWC and partners will have some trash bags and gloves, but it helps if you have your own.

Sponsored by: HRWC, DEQ, REI, Ann Arbor Trout Unlimited, Huron River Fly Fishing Club, Schultz Outfitters, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, Skips Canoe Livery.

Woody Debris Management

Many believed that logjams were a significant problem in urban rivers and were completely removed from stream channels. New studies have shown that properly managed large woody debris help reduce erosion, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and are an important part of a river system’s natural processes. It’s been recommend to leave most logjams in place. Woody Debris Management (WDM) is the process of determining whether to move, remove, or add woody debris in a river and how best to do that work. The Clean and Open Method of Woody Debris Management has been specifically developed to give guidance on how to manage logjams, preserving the benefits they provide while minimizing the problems they can create.

We currently have no scheduled trainings for woody debris management. Please contact Jason if you would like to be involved in this project: jfrenzel@hrwc.org or 734-769-5123 x600