Stormwater pollution is the greatest source of water quality impairments in the Clinton River and its tributaries.

In more densely developed areas of the watershed, where there is a large percentage of impervious surface (rooftops, roads, sidewalks, lawns, etc.), the effects of stormwater pollution are particularly evident.

  • When it rains, water falls on impervious surfaces and picks up pollutants such as dirt, oils, grease, pesticides, fertilizers, and pet waste.
  • These pollutants are carried by runoff to our drainage systems and eventually end up in our waterways.
  • Stormwater and the pollutants it carries causes erosion, sedimentation, algae blooms, high bacteria counts, and other water quality impacts.
  • Stormwater pollution has a detrimental impact on aquatic habitat for fish and insects, threatens public health and recreation, and spoils the beauty of our rivers and streams.

Because many of the sources of stormwater pollution stem from our everyday behaviors, one of the best ways to reduce stormwater impacts is through education.  The Clinton River Watershed Council has developed the Stormwater Education Program to educate residents of our watershed about their role in protecting our local waterways.

This program was developed to assist communities that must comply with the NPDES Phase II stormwater discharge regulations. In fact, most of the Stormwater Education Program participants have contracted with CRWC to help fulfill their Phase II Stormwater permit Public Education Plan. However, the Clinton River Watershed Council believes fulfilling permit requirements is not the only reason to educate the public about water quality.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Storm Water Rule, issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), required municipalities and other public bodies that operate a separate storm water drainage system within a U.S. Census-defined Urbanized Boundary to obtain a stormwater permit by March 2003. This permit program affects over 170 communities in Southeast Michigan and is administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

CRWC is working with communities across the watershed to help meet these requirements.

CRWC offers one-on-one technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and local governments on a variety of watershed management issues, including site visits, plan reviews, and permit application reviews, as our capacity allows.

Educating the public about improving and preserving our natural resources is essential.

The people in our communities want to know how to improve and preserve the quality of the environment where they live. Therefore, all municipal members of the Clinton River Watershed Council are eligible and encouraged to participate.

We also offer presentations & workshops as part of our
Stormwater Education Program:

  • The Watershed Story
  • Native Plants for Your Yard and Water Quality
  • Do It Yourself H2O Friendly Lawn Care
  • Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels
  • Fall Lawn Care
  • The Little Things YOU Can Do to Protect Water Quality
  • Clean Boating & Clean Water
  • Managing Lakefront Properties for Water Quality
  • Farming in a Healthy Watershed
  • Green Roofs for the Homeowner
  • How Can Small Business Help Protect Our Water Resources?


Join us at one of our upcoming presentations!

Join CRWC to learn about invasive species in the Clinton River Watershed and how to prevent them from spreading!

The Michigan Mobile Boat Wash will be on site at the following locations this summer:

  • Lake St. Clair Metropark Boat Launch – Friday July 28th, from 12pm-4pm
  • Orchard Lake DNR Boat Launch (off of Orchard Lake Rd.) – Friday August 11th, from 12pm-4pm

Events are free, educational and open to the public! Please feel free to distribute CRWC’s promotional event flyers to friends, family, co-workers, etc. Promotional flyers available upon request.
Registration for all CRWC presentations and workshops is REQUIRED. To register or for more information, please call or email us at (248)601-0606 or

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