Huron River Watershed Council

Issues of the Environment
9:56 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Environmentally Responsible Boating

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Boaters Can Take Responsibility for Mitigation of Environmental Harm

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WEMU News
4:42 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

State Of The Huron Conference Thursday

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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."

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Environment
6:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Issues of the Environment: The Impact of Road Salt in the Huron River Watershed

Mounds of road salt for use in winter
Credit Sgt. Jorge Intriago / U.S. Air National Guard Photo

    

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.

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Environment
3:46 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Laura Rubin Honored As 2013 River Hero [With Video]

Laura Rubin among the five 2013 River Heroes honorees

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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Environment
7:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Green Room: Volunteers Help Preserve Balance and Quality in Area Waterways

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The Green Room

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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Local News
6:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Huron River Watershed Council Holds Resident Conversations

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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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Environment
9:10 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Oil Pipeline in Washtenaw

Recovery of submerged oil on Morrow Lake using approved recovery methods during the Enbridge Oil Spill (6/25/2011)
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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.

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Local News
5:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Water Quality Monitoring In Huron River Watershed

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

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News
9:37 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Ypsilanti River Cleanup Set for Sunday

Huron River at Riverside Park
Bob Eccles

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

News
7:58 am
Fri August 3, 2012

WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment

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!"