Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Nature-Based Stormwater Solutions

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

‘Algae’ is an umbrella term for a large group of aquatic organisms with the ability to photosynthesize. The phrase ‘Harmful Algal Blooms’ (HABs) refers to algae growing excessively and releasing […]

Mural Project Time Lapse

Let’s do the time warp again! Check out this time-lapse video of the mural springing to life, along with the trees and flowers around us.Thank you to the Oleson Foundation and […]

Stormwater Glossary

Stormwater Glossary Stormwater runoff is the result of precipitation that does not infiltrate into the soil. Rather, it flows over land areas or through storm drains to streams, rivers, and […]

Rain Barrels

If you want to capture water naturally from your roof top for use at a later, drier date, use a rain barrel!  By capturing this water you will reduce runoff […]

Permeable Pavers

Porous or permeable pavement surfaces are suited for parking lots, low traffic residential streets, driveways, and sidewalks. The porous or permeable surfaces allow stormwater to infiltrate into underlying soils, thereby  promoting […]

Green Roofs

A green roof is a low-maintenance vegetated roof system that reduces stormwater runoff by absorbing and retaining the water in the soil medium for plant growth. As a result, much […]

Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?On the surface, a rain garden looks like an attractive garden. It may support habitat for birds and butterflies, it may be a formal landscape amenity, […]


Bioswales are linear, shallow, vegetated channels that convey stormwater from one point to another. Oftentimes, they are used to guide runoff from its entry point on the property (downspouts, uphill […]