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John Calhoun
Columbia Twp. Treasurer  Jackson County Representative

Vice Chair:
Sybil Kolon
Manchester Township Representative, Washtenaw County

KZ Bolton
County Commissioner & Lenawee County Representative

Laurie Johncox
Cambridge Township Representative, Lenawee County

John Chandler
Summerfield Township Representative, Monroe County 

David Hoffman
County Commissioner & Monroe County Representative

Evan Pratt, Water Resources Commissioner &Washtenaw CountyRepresentative

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Our mission is to inspire behaviors that promote stewardship, improve water quality, and encourage public participation to protect, preserve and enhance the River Raisin Watershed.   

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AmeriCorps Team to Clean Up River Raisin

A group of AmeriCorps volunteers are coming to Adrian to clean up the River Raisin.

The River Raisin Watershed Council, One Lenawee, Lenawee Conference and Visitors Bureau and city of Adrian announced Friday the approval of their application for assistance in the removal of debris and brush in and along the River Raisin to AmeriCorps, the corporation for national and community service. A team of nine AmeriCorps members will work full time from Sept. 14 through Nov. 2 on the cleanup of the river, beginning in downtown Adrian and the extending north and south.

“The River Raisin and the existing and planned trails in Lenawee County are critical assets in our communities,” Stephen May, executive director of the RRWC, said in a statement. “For decades, little attention has been paid to the River Raisin, and walking and biking trails have been addressed in only a few communities, but never in a comprehensive manner. The recent work of One Lenawee to produce a countywide trails plan is a recent success, and the project for AmeriCorps in assisting the city of Adrian is a great step forward.”

May has managed the grant award application process, which included a site visit to work locations and housing provided by the city of Adrian. City of Adrian parks staff will work with the team on a daily basis and help dispose of materials removed from the river and river banks.

“We are thrilled to partner with the AmeriCorps team as we look to take advantage of this wonderful natural resource flowing through our community by providing further recreational opportunities along the River Raisin corridor,” Adrian City Administrator Shane Horn said in a statement. “I am appreciative of the efforts of the River Raisin Watershed Council, One Lenawee and the Lenawee Conference and Visitors Bureau as well as city of Adrian staff in securing this outstanding opportunity.”

Chris Miller, Adrian’s economic development and Downtown Development Authority coordinator, said the process began with the work of One Lenawee and the development of a countywide trails plan, which evolved in addition of the River Raisin and the desire to make this beautiful and unique resource more available to the citizens of Lenawee County. He said last year the RRWC joined with One Lenawee and the city conducted an environmental study of the river. The study provides a plan to make the river more environmentally sound, more friendly to fish and wildlife as well as navigable. RRWC brought the idea of applying for AmeriCorps assistance and together with the other partners completed the application process. The first step in the cleanup process will be clearing debris from the river, cleaning brush from the river banks and removing invasive species and litter from the river and river banks.

The AmeriCorps team, known as Cedar 3, is led by team leader Ashley Lushinsky, whose hometown is Mantorville, Minn. All team members are between the ages of 19 through 23 and are trained in a variety of skills, including CPR, hand- and power-tool use, safety training and disaster relief services. Miller said the application partners are excited to host the team and appreciate the service they will be providing to the community.

“I’m excited to bring my experiences and skills to Adrian, and hopefully help to change things in the community, no matter how small my impact might be,” team member Eliza Hunt, from Pittsgrove, N.J., said in a statement.

RRWC Kayak Raffle Minimize

well.... River Raisin Watershed Council (RRWC) has two (2) winners from the raffle drawing at the lenawee county fair & they are husband & Wife.... what are the oDDS!!! first drawing - Bob Ondrovick Won the perception sound - value $475 - 148 tickets sold.... second drawing - debra ondrovick won the aspire 100 - value $850 - 94 tickets sold.... needless to say....

They are ECSTACTIC!!!!!! Happy kayakin' Ondrovicks!

Here is the lUCKY winner Bob ondrovick picking up his kAYAKS sunday morning

               Thanks to all that supported the raffle and purchased tickets to make this a success.

Executive Committee Minimize

RRWC Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday September 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Lenawee County Drain Commissioner's Office

320 Springbrook Ave. Suite 102

Adrian, Mi 49221

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Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Opportunity

Please join us for this exciting and educational event!!!

For more information email:

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This map includes most of the parks with public access to the River Raisin and other bodies of water within the watershed.  Use it as a resource when planning your next adventure.

Water Trails Map
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This map includes water trails on the River Raisin and Saline River.  The length of each trail is estimated in miles.  Simply click on a trail to see where it begins and ends, in addition to its length.  Please understand that the water trails are a work in progress, and there may be log jams and other hazards that are not on the map.  You should proceed with caution.

Access points for getting in and out of the river have been identified.  Click on each park to see the address.  Our Google maps version of the parks can help you plan your route to and from the river, and gives websites for each park.  

Remember to wear your personal flotation devices and check your equipment before heading out  to safely enjoy your paddle or fishing experience.  Trespassing on personal property is illegal.  You must pay the River Raisin Canoe Livery (near Dundee) for dock rental if you intend to stop there.  

This map is a work in progress.  Sections around US-23 have been omitted due to heavy automobile traffic, but can be paddled.  We will be adding more information about possible obstructions throughout the river such as rapids and log jams.  Your feedback is very important to this process, and we would love to hear from you!

Watershed Map

River Raisin Watershed

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program Grants Available

Up to $90,000 available for forestry projects statewide The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the availability of grant applications for the 2016-17 DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Services State and Private Forestry Program. 

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, schools and tribal governments are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants, which can be used for a variety of projects including:

 * Urban forest management and planning activities

 * Tree planting on public property.

 * Urban forestry and arborist training and education events and materials. 

 * Arbor Day celebrations and materials. 

Assistance provided through this grant program will help communities and partners interested in creating and supporting long-term and sustained urban and community forestry projects and programs at the local level,” said Kevin Sayers, Urban and Community Forestry Program coordinator. Grant applications must be postmarked by Sept. 16, 2016. Projects awarded funding must be completed by Sept. 1, 2017. All projects must be performed on public land or land that is open to the public. A total of up to $90,000 is available for projects statewide. Depending on the project type, applicants may request grants up to $20,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds, which can be cash contributions or in-kind services but cannot include federal funds. For a grant application or more information, visit the DNR website at , contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898 or , or write to DNR Forest Resources Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.


Registration for K–12th-grade Wildlife Programs

Registration for K–12th-grade wildlife programs now open for Michigan educators
The Department of Natural Resources has free educational opportunities to help educators looking for a fun way to integrate Michigan’s unique flora and fauna into their curriculum, while still meeting required educational standards.

New this year, the Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife program is open to kindergarten through fifth-grade educators. Teachers can share the wonders of Michigan’s wild inhabitants with young learners to build appreciation for these unique species and the places they call home with these lessons and classroom materials. Materials include lesson plans, wildlife posters for the classroom and sets of “Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife” critter cards for students.

Beginning its third year, the A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear program is available to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade educators. Throughout the school year students will learn about the life cycle of the Michigan black bear, general black bear biology and behavior, and how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear population. Additionally, over the school year, classrooms will get to “follow” a bear through its seasonal movements by using actual data points from a radio-collared Michigan black bear. 
Beginning its second year, for ninth- through 12th-grade educators, is the Elk University – Educating Tomorrow’s Wildlife Managers program. Elk University is designed to fit into teachers’ busy semester while meeting educational standards and touching on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife disease and social considerations for wildlife management. Students will learn how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy elk herd for current and future generations.

Educators must register by Sept. 30 in order to obtain the program materials for A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear and the fall semester of Elk University – Educating Tomorrow’s Wildlife Managers.

Educators also should register for the Go Wild For Michigan’s Wildlife program by Sept. 30. Sets of the critter cards for students are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. An electronic copy of the critter cards will be provided to those who do not receive hard copies.
To register for these programs, fill out the online registration form.
To learn more about these and other wildlife education and outreach opportunities, please visit and click on “Wildlife Education and Outreach.” 
Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at

River Raisin South Br. Environmental Interaction Study Minimize

South Branch of the River Raisin

Environmental Interaction Study

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Cooling the Hotspots: Collaborating With Farmers to Reduce Nutrient Run-off

With leadership from the Grand-Raisin Cluster, we are pleased to announce that our collaborative "Cooling the Hotspots" project has been selected for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding!

We'll be working with River Raisin Watershed Council, Graham Sustainability Institute, Michigan State University, Institute of Water Research, Winrock International, Lenawee Conservation District, farmers, and others to prevent nutrient run-off, reduce erosion, improve drinking water supply, and reduce the prevalence of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

This project will utilize the Pay-for-Performance conservation approach, which was one of the 2014 awardees for a White House and EPA Challenge: Winning Solutions for Nutrient Pollution!

"These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used for critical projects to prevent soil erosion and reduce phosphorus runoff that contributes to algae growth in the Great Lakes," said Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. "Many of these grants target Great Lakes watersheds where there have been harmful algal blooms in recent years - such as Maumee Bay on Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron and Green Bay on Lake Michigan." - from EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Reduce Runoff that Contributes to Algal Blooms

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                                                                LAMOTTE - Water Test Ed Kit, pH, Dis O2, Nitrate, etc

Date:   February 29, 2016                  

Contact:   Stephen May, Executive Director             

River Raisin Watershed Council            

(517) 264-4754

RRWC Announces “Discover the Raisin” Award Winners

Six middle school science teachers will receive water quality testing kits to help students investigate the water quality of the River Raisin and its tributaries in their area. 

•           Jessica Smith and Jon Way, Britton Deerfield Schools, 6th & 7th grade

•           Jackie Murray, Clinton Middle School, 8th grade

•           Shawn Dreslinski, Clinton Middle School, 6th & 7th grade

•           Jackie Shane, Lenawee Christian School, 8th grade

•           Leigh Ann Roehm, Saline Schools, 7th grade

More than 700 students will be involved in the testing this spring. The teachers will guide student learning and help them understand basic chemical and biological processes about the water that flows through their communities. 

Test kits include guidebooks, chemicals and tools needed to measure nitrate, phosphate, dissolved oxygen, chloride, pH, and E. coli. This data will be used by students to assess the health of the watershed and to propose solutions to address any problems they identify. These students can become part of a new generation of stewards of the watershed, helping to improve water quality in the Raisin. The RRWC will ask the teachers to share their results and will provide a summary of the information collected in a future newsletter. 

The RRWC initiated the program last fall and is in the process of planning for the next round.  We will be convening a Teachers Advisory Committee to help guide the process. In addition to science, other topics to be considered for future awards include engineering, the arts, literature and history. 

The “Discover the Raisin” award program is made possible through a generous donation from ITC, which is responsible for high-voltage power lines in most of the River Raisin Watershed.  We thank ITC for providing the support to allow the RRWC to launch this program. The RRWC is seeking additional sponsors for future awards.


 River Raisin Watershed Council
 320 Springbrook Ave., Suite 102
 Adrian, MI 49221





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