Headwaters of the Clinton River in Springfield Township. Photo by Nancy Strole.

Thanks to grant funding from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA, several projects have been implemented by the Clinton River Watershed Council, including an urban runoff plan and public outreach campaign for Bear Creek, the Stony Creek wetlands and nonpoint source pollution projects, an onsite sewage management project, and illicit discharge investigations in Bear Creek.

Local governments, supported by local citizens and developers, can play key roles in wetland use and protection through coordination with MDEQ permitting, local wetland ordinances, local planning for wetland management, and design of the local stormwater system. They can also work together with the Watershed Council and MDEQ and private consultants to tackle stormwater management.

Management efforts by lake associations and lakeshed planning by local governments can play a vital role in protecting the water quality of lakes, avoiding conflicting lake uses and protecting lakefront property values.

Opportunities to enhance recreational opportunities along the Clinton include public support for acquisition of local parks and natural areas along the river, river corridor protection planning and implementation, and implementation of local and county-wide trails networks.