Connecting People  Their Waterways

Along the Clinton River & Lake St. Clair

Watertowns

Shaping Communities

A community-based initiative designed to help towns and cities in the watershed leverage the assets of the Clinton River and
Lake St. Clair for water-oriented community development.

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WaterTowns™ Program made possible through funding by:

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What Is WaterTowns™

Locally driven, water based placemaking

Through the WaterTowns™ initiative, the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) provides community development support to municipal governments with the goal of leveraging the “placemaking” potential of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. CRWC has worked for many years with partners such as SEMCOG, Macomb County, Oakland County, and the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative to advance watershed management, the blue economy, tourism, and green infrastructure. WaterTowns™ unifies these efforts under one umbrella program.

Through a partnership with the Lawrence Tech Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute, CRWC has studied the Green Infrastructure potential in  9 WaterTowns communities. Each community studied was presented with an a la carte menu of GI choices with graphic renderings and cost estimates associated with each idea. The purpose for breaking down each design was so that the community could sort out which costs would be achievable over a period of time and to budget appropriately for installation and match dollars for potential grants when they become available.

WaterTowns™ Goals

1. Develop strong connections to community,  its surroundings, and the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair

2. Provide high-quality recreational and cultural amenities

3. Promote and implement Green Infrastructure (GI)

4. Celebrate the nature, history and culture of the community and the watershed

5. Community resolution supporting WaterTowns™

WaterTowns™ communities recognize the potential of these water assets to attract and retain residents and businesses by:

  • Engaging the public in visioning and strategic planning for water access points

  • Developing and enhancing water-oriented leisure and recreation amenities

  • Introducing green infrastructure concepts into redevelopment opportunities to improve water quality.

Interested in becoming a WaterTown™?

Please contact Amanda Oparka at 248-601-0606 or amanda@crwc.org

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Our WaterTowns™

Our WaterTowns 2013-2015

Our Partners

WaterTowns™ was initially made possible through the generous three-year commitment by the  Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. Additional financial support was provided by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, the Michigan Departmen of Environmental Quality Coastal Zone Management Program, River Network, ITC  Holdings and REI.

In 2014, CRWC began a partnership with the Lawrence Tech Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute to study the Green Infrastructure potential in WaterTowns communities. Each community studied was presented with an a la carte menu of GI choices with graphic renderings and cost estimates associated with each idea. The purpose for breaking down each design was so that the community could sort out which costs would be achievable over a period of time and to budget appropriately for installation and match dollars for potential grants when they become available.

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