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  Success Stories

Hellgrammites in South Branch Ecorse Creek

Hellgrammites (Family Corydalidae) have been collected on South Branch Ecorse Creek in Fall 2021 Bug Hunt! ADW partners collect samples of bugs and other creatures that live in our streams. These insects tell us how healthy the river system is, where the healthier areas are, and where we need to focus our restoration efforts.
Hellgrammites need well oxygenated and clean water to survive. The aquatic larvae live under rocks and woody debris and are predatory, consuming other macroinvertebrates. The larvae live for two to three years before pupating into flying adults, which live for about two weeks. 
This is exciting news because these long and wide aquatic insects are intolerant of pollution and are used as indicators of good water quality!  
Interested in volunteering for our annual macroinvertebrate sampling? Learn more in Announcements and register here!

Working to Heal the Relationship Between People and Nature in Ecorse Creek

With decades of industrial use, Ecorse Creek needs vital attention to become a healthy and safe spot for wildlife and outdoor recreation. The Ecorse Creek Committee has developed a bold plan to revitalize the creek in four areas with cleanups and recreational development. The plan has an emphasis on environmental remediation while embracing the creek's ecological value and planning recreational developments.
Learn more about the revitalization plan here! Follow the Ecorse Creek Community on Facebook here!

  Member Highlight

City of Romulus' Assistant DPW Director selected as ADW Chair

Join us in welcoming our new Chair, Kathy Hood from the City of Romulus! Kathy has been involved with the ADW since 2015 after taking the position of Assistant Director of the City's Department of Public Works.
"The ADW has proven invaluable in meeting the MS4 permit requirements for the City of Romulus as well as their continued efforts in helping with the Downriver communities collaborate to protect, restore and improve the watersheds in our area," said Hood. "I look forward to continue working with everyone in the capacity as Chair of the ADW!"


Pick Up After Your Pets

When left on sidewalks or lawns, pet waste washes directly into storm drains and enters our local waterways in the form of raw, unfiltered sewage. As a pet owner, do your part by scooping, bagging and trashing. It makes for better water quality, cleaner sidewalks, and happier neighbors. 
For more tips on everyday actions for protecting our remarkable waterways, encourage your residents to take home our 2022 ADW Community Calendar.


Volunteer for Stream and Water Quality Monitoring!

Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Orientation, Virtual, Saturday, March 19, 1:00-2:30pm  
The Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program is coordinated by the Huron River Watershed Council and is supported by more than 45 communities, including the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds. Results direct statewide, regional and community water protection activities.
Help measure the quality of local rivers and streams this spring and summer! Collect water samples, measure stream flow and sample runoff from rainstorms. Stream sites are in Washtenaw, Livingston and Wayne counties. Commitment is two or more hours per month, April through September, depending on availability and interest. We have a strong need for volunteers to work Downriver. Additional hands-on training will occur in the field during the first week of sampling. Learn more and register here!

2022 Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest

The 2022 Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest launched on January 3, 2022! In January, we received spectacular photos of "Frozen Waterways, Snow or Ice!" In February, we received fun photos of "Winter Activities" from many Downriver residents.
Congratulations to our January winner, Bradford Ciecko! The beautiful purple, pink and blue sunrise hues of Elizabeth Park beautifully depicts the theme "Frozen Waterway, Snow or Ice". 
Encourage folks to take out their phones and photograph Downriver locations to win cool prizes! Enter "your pet" for our March theme here!

  About the ADW

We are a council of 21 communities and public agencies committed to protecting the downriver watersheds. Members work together to sustainably manage the area’s water resources through several initiatives and educational programs. To learn more about the ADW or see when upcoming meetings are taking place, check out the ADW website at


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ADW Success Story: photo taken by Susan Thompson
Announcement: photo taken by Bradford Ciecko

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