The Middle Huron Program sets actions to reduce pollution in the middle section of the Huron River Watershed.
We generally define the “Middle Huron” as the section of the Huron River that moves through Washtenaw County. However, it also includes Belleville Lake in Wayne County. The map highlights the Middle Huron Watershed within the full Huron River Watershed.
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The portion of the Huron River Watershed known as the Middle Huron is
- home to over half the population of the Huron River Watershed;
- has the largest and most productive areas of active agriculture in the Watershed; and
- contains the most urbanized areas in the Watershed.
The Middle Huron begins with the Mill Creek basin in western Washtenaw County and extends downstream through Belleville Lake in western Wayne County. The concentration of people, agriculture and industry presents challenges to the quality of the waters in the middle Huron.
Phosphorus is the primary pollutant of focus for the program. The program is a voluntary partnership of local governments.
In general, the overall action plan calls for the partners to:
- Improve monitoring and modeling for nutrient sources (both phosphorus and nitrogen), which act as pollutants;
- Support increased research and monitoring;
- Support watershed education and planning;
- Assist landowners and local governments to engage in practices to reduce the amount of phosphorus, and other pollutants, entering the river;
- Upgrade sewage and wastewater treatment facilities and improve their operation; and
- Provide a source of support to test innovative ideas to reduce phosphorus pollution.