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  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

  ADW Success Stories

Canine Detection helps monitor E.coli in local creeks

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) has been conducting monitoring on behalf of the ADW. In 2020, HRWC conducted bacteria source investigation at sites with historic high E. coli counts. The team collected samples to determine if the sample is human, canine, or bovine in source. North and South Branch Ecorse Creek sites showed markers for human-source bacteria.

In September of 2021, the sites were further investigated with the Environmental Canine Services team and their canine detective, Kenna. Kenna isn't like any dog! She is trained specifically to detect human sewage in surface water and storm water systems caused by failing septic systems, leaking sewer lines or illicit discharges. Kenna was a diligent worker and a delight to watch!

In North Ecorse, no one, sole source could be determined. Comparable results in South Ecorse were observed, with no sole source identified. The next step is to finalize findings and work to identify higher potential sources to further investigate directly for dumping, illicit connections, or sewer system failures.

Learn more about the ADW’s Chemistry and Flow Monitoring program and get monitoring results here.

  Member Highlight

Chairman Gorris' Retirement

Join the ADW in celebrating the retirement of our fearless water champion, Chairman Jim Gorris. Mayor Gorris of the City of Gibraltar has been chairing the alliance for the past five years and has been a member since its inception in 2006.
Mayor Gorris, your leadership skills have driven our success. We’ll miss you, but we wish you all the best as you retire. Congratulations! 

Learn more about Mayor Gorris’ connection to Downriver water in SEMCOG’s One Water video.  


Go Easy On The Salt

The best way to keep salt out of our streams during wintry weather months is by shoveling snow and ice, and doing it early and often. If you occasionally need a deicer for sidewalks and driveways, choose an environmentally friendly product.


2022 ADW Community Calendar + Photo Contest

The 2022 Alliance of Downriver Watersheds Community Printed Wall Calendar is here! It features stunning photography celebrating Downriver water, stormwater pollution prevention tips and local resources to inspire you to enjoy and protect our water. 30,000 calendars were delivered to the ADW member communities in early November for further distribution as part of the ADW’s public education commitment. 

Mark your calendars! The 2022 Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest will be launching on January 3, 2022. Encourage folks to take out their phones and photograph Downriver locations to win cool prizes! 


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ADW Success Story: photo taken by Andrea Paine
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