Huron River Watershed Council

Driveway sealant
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Awareness of a serious environmental and health threat is beginning to come to the fore. Serious damage is possible when we use Coal Tar Sealants on our driveways and parking lots. That's the focus of this week's edition of Issues of the Environment.


Honey Creek Watershed Management Plan Released

Nov 11, 2014
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The Huron River Watershed Council has released a watershed management plan for Honey Creek in Scio Township.  The state has labeled the Huron River tributary as "impaired" due to high levels of bacteria.

 

New Dock For Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park

Oct 28, 2014
Bob Eccles

With a new 'friends' group, the future of Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park is looking up.  And there's more good stuff happening in the park.

If you've ever canoed or kayaked the Huron River in Ypsilanti you know that getting your boat out of the water to portage around Peninsular dam can be a challenge.  The dock was falling apart.  But on Wednesday the Huron River Watershed Council celebrates the installation of a brand new dock in Peninsular Park. 

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The Huron River Watershed Council's "RiverUp!" stewardship program is the subject of three new mini-documentaries.  The films focus on efforts to preserve the future of the Huron River and the people doing that work.

Huron River Watershed Council Deputy Director and "RiverUp!" Director Elizabeth Riggs says the first of the short films highlights fly fishing on the Huron River by telling the story of Depot Town businessman Mike Schultz and his love of fly fishing.

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The Huron River Watershed Council's effort to go into classrooms and teach kids about their environment has gotten a boost from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation.  A $250,000 grant will help fund an ongoing program that promotes hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering and math skills.

Jason Frenzel is volunteer and stewardship coordinator for the Huron River Watershed Council

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After years of industrial contamination and economic stagnation, things may be turning around in Ann Arbor’s Lower Town, thanks to a new recreational feature in the Huron River, and the soon-to-be-announced DTE proposal to develop the Mich-Con property across the river.  Community responses are mixed, ranging from cautious optimism to elation.  


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Boaters Can Take Responsibility for Mitigation of Environmental Harm

State Of The Huron Conference Thursday

Apr 23, 2014
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As the Huron River Watershed Council prepares to open its State of the Huron Conference Thursday, the watershed is enjoying generally healthy conditions.

That's according to Huron River Watershed Council Executive Director Laura Rubin, who says the watershed has seen improvements since the last State of the Huron gathering in 2009.

 "Before we had been sort of holding steady," Rubin says, "and we now are seeing some improvements ikkn the overall health and ecological health of the watershed."

Road Salt
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Overview

  • The Washtenaw County Road Commission reports laying down 50% more road salt this winter than last year and using twice as much as in 2012.
  • Although thus far no ill effects from salt in Huron River watershed have been detected, road salt has a number of environmentally destructive effects impacting water, soil, wildlife, and public health, and if extreme winter weather conditions become the norm the effects could escalate.
  • Ric Lawson, Watershed Planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, implements watershed plans in Washtenaw County and monitors water quality for salt and other sediments in our waterways.

Huron River Watershed Council Executive Director Laura Rubin has been named a 2013 River Hero by the River Network. 

Rubin says she's thrilled by the honor, and proud of the work the Huron River Watershed Council has done over her 15-year tenure as Executive Director. 

She points to programs like Adopt-A-Stream, the Bioreserve Project and the council's stormwater and pollution management work as highlights. 

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Clean Water sustains life. And, clean water is dependent on a healthy watershed. Measuring the health of these watersheds is not just the job of scientists, As Barbara Lucas discovers in this months installment of WEMU's "The Green Room",  it also takes a virtual army of citizen volunteers.  

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The Huron River Watershed Council is embarking on a series of "resident conversations" to hear concerns and answer questions from those who live along the water's edge.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed HRWC Executive Director Laura Rubin about the effort.

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Hidden dangers posed by underground oil pipelines could threaten the Huron River.  Laura Rubin is Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and she's our guest on this week's Issues of Environment from WEMU.

Water Quality Monitoring In Huron River Watershed

Feb 13, 2013

WEMU's Bob Eccles speaks with Watershed Planner Ric Lawson about results of the Huron River Watershed Council's 2012 water quality monitoring.

Ypsilanti River Cleanup Set for Sunday

Sep 13, 2012
Bob Eccles

Volunteers will converge on the Huron River in Ypsilanti Sunday for a yearly cleanup effort.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of  "River Up!"  It's a community movement to embrace and celebrate the assets of the Huron River for the benefit of local economies and residents. In this installment of  1st Friday,  WEMU's David Fair, Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Huron River Watershed Council Deputy Director Elizabeth Riggs, discuss "River Up!"