There are many ways to improve the Huron River’s health. Our projects focus on restoring lost or damaged habitat, river flow, and vegetation near the shoreline.

Habitat Restoration

Fish Habitat, Ypsilanti

To improve fish habitat, we felled 20 trees into the river, installed a 'rock vane,' and deepened the river bed. Fish have more places to hide from predators, lay eggs, and rest from the current.

Osprey Nesting Platforms, Ann Arbor

We installed nesting platforms in Furstenberg Park and South Pond for Ospreys, which are native birds of prey.

Woody Debris Management


Clearing a path for paddlers

HRWC’s trained volunteers manage river blockages and makes the river navigable.

Making Habitat for Wildlife

Our Woody Debris Corps recognizes the important role woody debris has in creating habitat for animals and insects. We balance the needs of paddlers with the needs of wildlife.


Dam owners interested in removal of their dams need assistance with funding pre-removal technical studies. RiverUp! is providing a 1:1 match to pay for these critical studies that are not grant eligible. Dam owners commit to paying half of costs and a good faith effort to reach a decision on removal. Go here for more information about HRWC’s Dams and Impoundments program

Check out HRWC’s The Making of Mill Creek Park video. It tells the story about how removing dams are not only good for the river, but also the communities near them.



How can this riverside park effectively add programming to encourage use? How can the vegetation in the park be managed for better diversity? This inventory and report provides answers.