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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

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We’re halfway through our Ice Breaker Series! Don’t miss out on next Thursday’s event, Climate Change: A Global Issue with Local Impact, where Bryan Burroughs, Executive Director of Michigan Trout Unlimited, will discuss the local impacts of climate change on Michigan fisheries and communities. 

Register at the link in our bio.

We’re halfway through our Ice Breaker Series! Don’t miss out on next Thursday’s event, Climate Change: A Global Issue with Local Impact, where Bryan Burroughs, Executive Director of Michigan Trout Unlimited, will discuss the local impacts of climate change on Michigan fisheries and communities.

Register at the link in our bio.

Happy World Wetlands Day! Wetlands are some of our most valuable resources –they are places of beauty that contribute greatly to the overall health of our environment and our quality of life. Wetlands provide vital habitat for many Michigan species, control flooding, and protect water quality. Today, let’s celebrate the crucial role wetlands play in protecting our waters. 

Learn more about wetlands and their importance on our website, link in our bio.

Happy World Wetlands Day! Wetlands are some of our most valuable resources –they are places of beauty that contribute greatly to the overall health of our environment and our quality of life. Wetlands provide vital habitat for many Michigan species, control flooding, and protect water quality. Today, let’s celebrate the crucial role wetlands play in protecting our waters.

Learn more about wetlands and their importance on our website, link in our bio.

We’re coming up on our third Ice Breaker of the season next Thursday, February 8th! Learn about the Clean Water Act and how it impacts Michigan’s wetlands from Todd Losee, President of Niswander Environmental LLC and professional wetland scientist.

Register at the link in our bio.

We’re coming up on our third Ice Breaker of the season next Thursday, February 8th! Learn about the Clean Water Act and how it impacts Michigan’s wetlands from Todd Losee, President of Niswander Environmental LLC and professional wetland scientist.

Register at the link in our bio.

Mindful winter snow maintenance alert! With the winter weather comes the need for winter snow maintenance, and while salt is an important component of keeping roads and walkways safe, it also has some major drawbacks for our water quality. Road salt can contaminate drinking water, harm aquatic wildlife, and corrode road infrastructure. 

At home, individuals can focus on reducing their contribution to excess salt by shoveling or even sweeping away snow before it turns into ice, and scattering salt so there is more space between grains. Additionally, because salt becomes less and less effective at de-icing below 15-degree temperatures, switching to salt alternatives or adding sand for traction may be more impactful options.

Mindful winter snow maintenance alert! With the winter weather comes the need for winter snow maintenance, and while salt is an important component of keeping roads and walkways safe, it also has some major drawbacks for our water quality. Road salt can contaminate drinking water, harm aquatic wildlife, and corrode road infrastructure.

At home, individuals can focus on reducing their contribution to excess salt by shoveling or even sweeping away snow before it turns into ice, and scattering salt so there is more space between grains. Additionally, because salt becomes less and less effective at de-icing below 15-degree temperatures, switching to salt alternatives or adding sand for traction may be more impactful options.

Feeling chilly? Snuggle in for the next presentation in our Ice Breaker Lecture Series next Thursday, January 25, to learn about the impacts of PFAS  in the northern Michigan region from Senior Geologist at EGLE Christiaan Bon.

Register and learn more at the link in our bio.

Feeling chilly? Snuggle in for the next presentation in our Ice Breaker Lecture Series next Thursday, January 25, to learn about the impacts of PFAS in the northern Michigan region from Senior Geologist at EGLE Christiaan Bon.

Register and learn more at the link in our bio.

Don't miss the chance to apply for one of our Water Protection or Policy internship positions this summer! Our interns gain valuable career experience while enjoying the beautiful natural resources our service area has to offer. If you know a student interested in protecting our freshwater resources, send this opportunity their way!

Learn more and apply now at the link in our bio.
Applications are due by January 31, 2024.

Don`t miss the chance to apply for one of our Water Protection or Policy internship positions this summer! Our interns gain valuable career experience while enjoying the beautiful natural resources our service area has to offer. If you know a student interested in protecting our freshwater resources, send this opportunity their way!

Learn more and apply now at the link in our bio.
Applications are due by January 31, 2024.

Registration is open for our Ice Breaker lecture series! Don’t miss out on these free, virtual webinars that cover topics from beavers, to PFAS, to wetlands and more. 

Register on our events page, link in bio. 

January 11 - Marcella Domka
Waterfowl & Water Quality: Lakes Vs. Reservoirs

January 25 - Christiaan Bon
PFAS: The Biggest Environmental Crisis in 40 Years and the
Impact in Northern Michigan

February 8 - Todd Losee
The Weakening of the Clean Water Act and What It Means for
Michigan’s Wetlands

February 22 - Bryan Burroughs
Climate Change: A Global Issue with Local Impact

March 7 - Jeremy Wood
All About Beavers: Their Impact on Our Ecosystem and Why You
Should Give a Dam

March 21 - Tom Nardone
Trash Fishing: A New Way to Reel in the Catch of the Day

Registration is open for our Ice Breaker lecture series! Don’t miss out on these free, virtual webinars that cover topics from beavers, to PFAS, to wetlands and more.

Register on our events page, link in bio.

January 11 – Marcella Domka
Waterfowl & Water Quality: Lakes Vs. Reservoirs

January 25 – Christiaan Bon
PFAS: The Biggest Environmental Crisis in 40 Years and the
Impact in Northern Michigan

February 8 – Todd Losee
The Weakening of the Clean Water Act and What It Means for
Michigan’s Wetlands

February 22 – Bryan Burroughs
Climate Change: A Global Issue with Local Impact

March 7 – Jeremy Wood
All About Beavers: Their Impact on Our Ecosystem and Why You
Should Give a Dam

March 21 – Tom Nardone
Trash Fishing: A New Way to Reel in the Catch of the Day

Happy holidays from the Watershed Council! Thank you to all our members and partners for your support during 2023, we can’t wait to kick off 2024!

The Watershed Council office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 1 for the holidays.

Happy holidays from the Watershed Council! Thank you to all our members and partners for your support during 2023, we can’t wait to kick off 2024!

The Watershed Council office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 1 for the holidays.

SAVE THE DATES!
Join us on select Thursdays from Noon to 1 p.m. for our free online winter lecture series. Heat up your winter afternoons with warm conversations on hot topics you care about most.

January 11 - Marcella Domka
Waterfowl & Water Quality: Lakes Vs. Reservoirs

January 25 - Christiaan Bon
PFAS: The Biggest Environmental Crisis in 40 Years and the
Impact in Northern Michigan

February 8 - Todd Losee
The Weakening of the Clean Water Act and What It Means for
Michigan’s Wetlands

February 22 - Bryan Burroughs
Climate Change: A Global Issue with Local Impact

March 7 - Jeremy Wood
All About Beavers: Their Impact on Our Ecosystem and Why You
Should Give a Dam

March 21 - Tom Nardone
Trash Fishing: A New Way to Reel in the Catch of the Day

SAVE THE DATES!
Join us on select Thursdays from Noon to 1 p.m. for our free online winter lecture series. Heat up your winter afternoons with warm conversations on hot topics you care about most.

January 11 – Marcella Domka
Waterfowl & Water Quality: Lakes Vs. Reservoirs

January 25 – Christiaan Bon
PFAS: The Biggest Environmental Crisis in 40 Years and the
Impact in Northern Michigan

February 8 – Todd Losee
The Weakening of the Clean Water Act and What It Means for
Michigan’s Wetlands

February 22 – Bryan Burroughs
Climate Change: A Global Issue with Local Impact

March 7 – Jeremy Wood
All About Beavers: Their Impact on Our Ecosystem and Why You
Should Give a Dam

March 21 – Tom Nardone
Trash Fishing: A New Way to Reel in the Catch of the Day