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  Success Stories

Schools for Clean Water Contest Tripled Participation in Second Year

The ADW 2022 Schools for Clean Water Contest collected 3,519 pledges, almost TRIPLING the 1,235 pledges received in 2021!

Between April 4 and 22, 2022, twenty-five past and current Green Schools in southern Wayne County participated in a friendly competition to recruit local residents to “adopt” a nearby storm drain. Chapman Elementary in Rockwood, Arno Elementary in Allen Park, and Parsons Elementary in Gibraltar took home the top cash prizes.

In 2022, winners will use the prize money to develop and add to school gardens with native plants and vegetables, add a “Buddy Bench” made from recycled plastics to the school playground, beautify walkways with flowers, and implement other green initiatives. Learn more at

  Member Highlight

John Danci of Sumpter Township elected as ADW Treasurer 

Join us in welcoming our new treasurer, John Danci of Sumpter Township! John has been involved with the ADW since 2021 after taking the position of Director of the Department of Public Works for the Township.

"I am grateful to be a part of expanding the ADW’s presence with the general public," said Danci. "What they focus on is important for keeping our water ways free of dangerous pollutants."

Downriver Residents Participate in a Master Rain Gardener Training Course

Partners from across southeast Michigan have come together to offer the largest ever Master Rain Gardener Training Course! Master Rain Gardeners help friends and neighbors to learn about, design and plant rain gardens. 

Students were paired with expert instructors from their region, enjoying both one-on-one support and peer groups. "The class helped instill the value the gardens provide from an aesthetic, more local standpoint in addition to the bigger picture, region-wide implication of planting more rain gardens," said Eric Robinson, the Lower Huron group instructor.

Rain gardens filter and cool stormwater, so that our streams and rivers run clean. They serve as a nonpoint solution for nonpoint source pollution. Learn more about the collaborative course at


Choose A Safe Sealant

Avoid using coal tar sealcoats on your asphalt driveway. Several Southeast Michigan communities, including ADW members Van Buren and Grosse Ile Township, have banned their use because they are high in dangerous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, many of which are hazardous to human health. Instead, choose readily available safer asphalt-based, acrylic or latex alternatives.

Learn more from our cooperating partner, Huron River Watershed Council, at


2022 Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest

The 2022 Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest launched on January 3, 2022! We have collected fantastic photos from all across iconic downriver loctions.

Congratulations to our February Winner, Bob Arzadon, for capturing a great action shot at the Police Sledding Contest at the Civic Center Park in Woodhaven! Visit our website to check out more monthly winners!

Encourage folks to take out their phones and photograph Downriver locations to win cool prizes! Enter "flowers or garden" photos for our June theme at!

News To Us

  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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Announcement: photo taken by Bob Arzadon
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