The Huron River provides many services to its surrounding communities in southeast Michigan. Both local residents and visitors to the area swim and fish in the river, and half a million people rely on it for their drinking water. Unfortunately, urban development funnels stormwater over impervious surfaces into the river, carrying industrial and residential pollutants along with it. The erratic flow of stormwater also alters the Huron’s natural hydrology and disrupts habitat features, impacting the river’s biologic communities. Thanks to $29 million raised by the Ann Arbor, Mich.,-based Huron River Watershed Council and its partner organizations, the Watershed Council has implemented a program called RiverUp! that addresses these threats, celebrates the river’s importance to the region, and works to keep the river relatively healthy. Read more here.
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