The Huron Chain of Lakes
The Chain of Lakes region of the Huron River runs from Kent Lake to Portage Lake. Altogether, there at 29 lakes and 22 ponds throughout the Chain of Lakes. In addition, many of the Huron’s biggest tributaries flow into river in the Chain of Lakes region, including Arms, Chilson, Davis, Hay, Honey, Horseshoe, Portage, South Ore, and Woodruff Creeks.
The Huron River Watershed Council, along with partners from Livingston County (see below), has developed the Chain of Lakes Watershed Management Plan guide its work to protect and improve water resources in the Chain of Lakes region. In addition to that overarching plan, targeted plans were developed to focus on phosphorus management and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation in two subwatersheds, Brighton and Strawberry Lakes. The 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.
Livingston Watershed Advisory Group
The Livingston Watershed Advisory Group (WAG) is a collaborative membership group that was originally formed to develop watershed management plans for the Huron Chain of Lakes and Upper Shiawassee River watersheds in Livingston County. The WAG now meets to discuss ways to implement activities that were recommended by those plans.
The WAG meets quarterly to discuss water resource issues and report on progress under a number of ongoing projects. The group also develops project in response to priority issues identified in the watershed management plans and at the request of WAG members. The WAG coordinators also develop project proposals for grant funding. Project examples include:
- Volunteer monitoring programs
- Educational and training workshops
- Site tours of innovative practices
- Local natural resource protection ordinance development
- Watershed signage and storm drain labeling
- Community events
- Site restoration