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  Success Stories

Standardizing Monitoring Efforts to Improve Watershed Health

Lake Erie Volunteer Science Network (LEVSN), with the support of participating local hubs like ADW partner the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC), has developed a plan to standardize data collection, management and visualization across the Lake Erie watershed. 

Learn how these groups are using the data platform, Water Reporter, at

This will benefit the ADW by connecting our local efforts to a larger community of water monitoring groups across Lake Erie, providing opportunities to conduct larger scare analyses, share best practices, and collaborate across jurisdictions.

  Member Highlights

City of Flat Rock expanding access to the Huron River

Located near the intersection of East Huron River Drive and Van Riper, a smaller riverside park will be built by the City of Flat Rock.

The park will be built on vacant land that was once owned by Wayne County as part of a wastewater treatment operation, but hasn’t been used in that capacity for a long time. The planned use for the land is to serve as a passive park for residents, rather than a park designed to launch canoes and kayaks.

Learn more by reading the full story at The News Herald or download a PDF.


Plant Trees and Reduce Runoff

Consider planting more trees in your yard!

They increase your property value and they play a significant role in reducing runoff. Their leaves and bark retain a surprising amount of water—allowing some to evaporate and some to reach the ground more slowly.

Depending on size and species, a single tree can store 100 gallons or more. And an urban forest can reduce annual runoff by up to 7 percent!


2022 Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest

Four months left of the 2022 Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest! Over the last eight months, we have collected fantastic photos from all across iconic downriver locations. Visit our website to check out our monthly winners and entries! 

Encourage folks to take out their phones and photograph Downriver locations to win cool prizes! Repost and share the contest on your social media channels! Enter "BIG TREE" photos for our September theme at!

Encourage Feedback!

Take some time to learn about your community's stormwater management plan and encourage residents to offer feedback to the ADW and its members at

ADW partner, Friends of the Detroit River, to host Water Festival

On September 27, 2022, the Friends of the Detroit River will host the Detroit River Water Festival on Belle Isle. This is a free, day-long educational event to help middle school students learn about the importance of the water around us. Students will be able to participate in hands-on activities taught by top level academic instructors and water quality professionals.

Learn more about the event 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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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rosemary Nicholson (July 2022 Winner) and Stephanie Lynn Schulte (July 2022 Contest Participant)

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