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River Clean-Up Information

Check the Events page for upcoming clean-ups!

What to Wear & What to Bring

The work required for river cleanups can be messy, dirty and require hard work.  We highly recommend to anyone working in and around the River to be prepared for anything and dress appropriately.


Please bring:

  • Long sleeve shirts and long pants that are okay to get dirty.

  • Sturdy work boots. 

  • Waders, hip boots, or muck boots (if you have them).

  • Work gloves.

  • Hats to protect from the sun.

  • Eye protection: either sunglasses or safety glasses for stray sticks or debris.

  • Plenty of water and a snack or two to keep your energy up.

Prior to anyone working directly with the River Raisin Watershed Council, we require each individual to fill out the following forms:


Hold Harmless Agreement

If RRWC equipment is being requested to use

please fill out BOTH of these forms:

  1. Equipment Loan Agreement

  2. Equipment Loan Policy



Log jam located in the river, blocking.
Log jam has been broken down and the river can now flow through.

As part of the Pre-Project Training, please read and watch these materials to get a better idea of what you will be working with.

Project Example:

Woody Debris Management

Woody debris can be defined as any dead, woody plant material, including logs, branches, standing dead trees, and root wads.


Is woody debris good or bad? Read the following links to find out.

Woody Debris Management 101 Clean and Open Method

Woody debris in urban watersheds

Chainsaw Training

River Clean-ups may require the use of a chainsaw. Check out the following links to learn a bit about safety and operation:

Chainsaw Operation

Man holding chainsaw.

Plants to look out for:

While cleaning around the river,

here are some plants to be aware of:

Poison Ivy

Poison Oak

Poison Sumac 

Stinging Nettles 

Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac
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