Watershed Management Plans
Our Watershed Management Plans (WMP) outline ways for communities to address problems in our watershed while growing their economies and infrastructure to meet the needs of residents and the river. Producing WMPs involves physical, biological and chemical studies of the water and land, social surveys to assess knowledge of and attitudes toward water among residents, assessing results, and making recommendations based on the analysis. The finalized plans describe current conditions of natural resources and land use impacts, explore existing and future threats to the river systems, and prescribe actions for protection and restoration. Upon completion, HRWC works with stakeholders often through its stormwater groups (below) to implement recommendations from the WMPs. To view the WMPs produced by HRWC, please visit our Resource Library.
Currently, HRWC is working to develop new watershed management plans in Huron River tributaries while also updating watershed management plans from the mid 2000s for the middle section of the Huron River. If would like to learn more about the development of the WMPs or provide input on a plan, please click below or contact Rebecca Esselman.
Following the development of a watershed management plan, HRWC brings together groups of public and municipal stakeholders to discuss and implement collaborative approaches to stormwater compliance and watershed management in line with the objectives of the WMP. Thanks to the commitments from dozens of municipalities and agencies, the Huron River Watershed Council has worked with stakeholders to develop strategic action plans to reduce nutrient runoff, spearhead comprehensive water monitoring programs, and produce communication tools to inspire engagement from residents on stormwater issues. For additional information on the work of area stormwater management groups, click below or contact Ric Lawson.