Now is the perfect time to get involved with protecting our freshwater resources with volunteer events, free training and education classes and family-friendly activities throughout the year!
The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.
Through education, stewardship, programs and watershed management, the CRWC makes a difference in our local community for today and future generations. We provide residents, schools, governments, businesses and other community groups with wide-ranging programs and events to ensure a healthy Clinton River Watershed for us all.
Without you, there is no CRWC! All of our on-going success is due to an exceptional group of volunteers, sponsors, local residents, donors, staff members, businesses, teachers, parents, students, mentors, event contributors, community partners – everyone who comes together to give their time, energy and monetary donations to protect the Clinton River Watershed.
To improve the water quality within the Clinton River Watershed, deliberate and coordinated action is required from everyone, from the individual resident to local governments. With time and effort, the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair are being restored. Join us as we continue to improve the Clinton River Watershed for this generation and the next to come.
The mission of the Clinton River Watershed Council is to protect, enhance and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.
Individual and community actions protect and improve the health of the Clinton River, assuring that its natural, economic and recreational value enhances the quality of life of those who live, work and play in the Clinton River watershed and Lake St. Clair.
The quality of the water and stability of flow are important to support a diverse and healthy ecosystem and to provide recreational, economic, aesthetic and educational opportunities that are essential to our quality of life.
Protecting and enhancing our water resources is the responsibility of everyone in our watershed and requires the coordinated involvement and effort of individuals, businesses, governments and organizations throughout the watershed.
The way we use our land determines the condition of our water resources.
With its watershed wide-view, the Clinton River Watershed Council is uniquely positioned to achieve our vision for the river.
A healthy environment promotes and sustains a strong economy, and a strong economy promotes and sustains a healthy environment.
Anne joined the CRWC in late 2017. She has worked in nonprofit management, marketing and fundraising for water quality and land protection organizations for more than 20 years, including positions at The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy. She has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. in Marketing from DePaul University.
As Executive Director, Anne is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, supporting staff in their work, managing external relationships with partner agencies, community organizations, local and regional governments, financial management and long-term planning for the CRWC.
Eric joined CRWC as Environmental Scientist in 2016 and was promoted to Watershed Ecologist in 2018. Eric graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a Specialization in Natural Resource Sustainability and Management, as well as a Biology minor. Eric has completed level 1 and 2 river morphology classes with Wildland Hydrology in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biology at Oakland University.
His responsibilities include coordination of citizen science programs such as Adopt-A-Stream and road stream crossing, as well as ecological applications, the Clinton River Coldwater Conservation Project and field data collection and monitoring
Melissa interned with the CRWC for 3 summers while in school. She graduated from Oakland University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Sustainability and Resource Management. Melissa works in a variety of areas with the CRWC including membership and donor management, event planning, fundraising, graphic design, social media and communications.
Melissa is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at Wayne State University and has completed multiple Graphic Design courses from the Art Institute.
Melissa enjoys being outside by any body of water, photography (particularly the Clinton River!) and crocheting.
Chris joined the CRWC in 2018 and brings a diversity of experiences in natural resource planning, reclamation and geospatial modeling. Chris received a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Missouri and specializes in developing decision-support tools that help guide natural resource management activities. Chris is responsible for managing the WaterTowns® initiative, a community-based placemaking program. The majority of his work focuses on projects that help communities build climate resilience using green stormwater infrastructure and adaptive resource management planning. This work also ties into other projects that increase public access and awareness to natural resources, and improving environmental literacy.
An avid writer, researcher and semi-retired rugby player, Chris thrives on everything outdoors and especially enjoys his research in ecoacoustics.
Kathleen joined CRWC in the spring of 2018 as Program Manager. She has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. She has professional experience working in the non-profit, government, and private realm. This has led her to gain expertise in project management, community engagement, education, stewardship, and a variety of technical field skills. In 2020 Kathleen was promoted to Director of Education and Stewardship.
As the Director of Education and Stewardship, Kathleen leads the CRWC program team in the coordination of CRWC’s education and stewardship programs and events, as well as the development of new programs. She also manages all service contracts with partner communities related to their stormwater environmental compliance permits.
Kathleen grew up in the Clinton River watershed, and enjoys hiking, swimming, botanizing, cooking, and spending time with her family and dog, Scout.
Katie began her time at CRWC as an intern in the Fall of 2016. In 2018 she became Program Assistant, Program Coordinator in January 2019 and Watershed Program Specialist in Fall of 2020. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan-Flint with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability - concentrating in science and earning a GIS certificate. During her time at U of M-Flint Katie participated in soil research on organic farms in Michigan and was a GIS teaching assistant.
At CRWC Katie works on stormwater education through workshops, presentations and material development as well as helping with the Stream Leaders program, field work and clean ups. She has implemented the Isaak Walton league of America’s “Salt Watch” program at CRWC and developed the Clinton River Quest.
Outside of work she enjoys hanging out with her family and anything outside, especially running, kayaking, backpacking and gardening.
Michael joined the CRWC staff in the spring of 2018 as an Environmental Science Intern. In August of 2018, he graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Specialization in Natural Resource Sustainability and Management. Through the fall, Michael continued work as an intern and became Program Assistant in January 2019.
As Program Assistant, Michael assists with the planning and execution of our Stormwater Education Programs and works with the Watershed Ecologist to complete field work and other environmental applications. After, he
Growing up near Lake St. Clair and being surrounded by water, Michael hopes to have a career in conserving the Great Lakes Basin and enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking and outdoor photography.
Linda joined CRWC in May 2019. She has many years of experience in the non-profit sector in various roles. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from the University of Kansas.
As Membership and Operations Associate, Linda manages the database, engages in donor relationships, assists staff with events, and oversees office functions such as vendor relations, purchasing supplies and building maintenance and repairs.
Linda enjoys traveling, adventures with her kids, friends and family, as well as biking and walking on the trails.
Janice oversees the day-to-day finances of the Clinton River Watershed Council. She has been an accounting professional for over 20 years and has a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University.
In her free time, Janice enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Susan Kelsey President
Stacey McFarlane 1st Vice President
Greg Kacvinsky 2nd Vice President
Aaron Loiselle Treasurer
Jeff Bednar Secretary
Jamie Burton Director
Becky Quinn Director
Joerg Hensel Director
Diana Evennou Director
John Kosnak Director
Kimberly Meltzer Director
David Szlag Director
Jennifer Tegen Director
Robert Zvonek Director
For nearly 50 years, the CRWC has served to coordinate the efforts of local governments, businesses, community groups and individuals in improving water quality, promoting innovative watershed management techniques and celebrating the river as a natural and recreational resource.