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About CRWC

Over 47 years of Protecting the Clinton River Watershed

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.

What We Do

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.

How We Do It

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.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

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.

CRWC Mission

The mission of the Clinton River Watershed Council is to protect, enhance and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.

CRWC Vision

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.

CRWC Core Values

Water Quality & Quantity

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.

Stewardship

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.

Land Use

The way we use our land determines the condition of our water resources.

Watershed Wide-View

With its watershed wide-view, the Clinton River Watershed Council is uniquely positioned to achieve our vision for the river.

Economy & Environment

A healthy environment promotes and sustains a strong economy, and a strong economy promotes and sustains a healthy environment.

Staff

Anne Brasie
Executive Director
More about Anne Brasie

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 Diesing
Watershed Ecologist
More about Eric Diesing

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 Golembieski
Development and Communications Specialist
More about Melissa Golembieski

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 Bobryk
Watershed Planner
More about Chris Bobryk

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 leads the WaterTowns™ program and other initiatives related to supporting community development and climate resilience along the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.

Chris is excited to be back in Michigan and working with CRWC, which played a major role in his development as an early-career scientist and educator.

An avid writer, researcher and semi-retired rugby player, Chris thrives on everything outdoors and especially enjoys his research in ecoacoustics.

Kathleen Sexton
Program Manager
More about Kathleen Sexton

Kathleen joined CRWC in the spring of 2018. She grew up in the Detroit area and has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. She spent several years traveling around the country while working for various non-profit organizations, government agencies and private consultants. This has led her to gain expertise in project management, community engagement, education, stewardship and an assortment of technical field skills.

As the Program Manager, Kathleen coordinates CRWC’s education and stewardship programs and events including all activities related to our commitments with our stormwater permitee partner communities.

Kathleen enjoys hiking, swimming, botanizing, cooking and spending time with her family.

Katie Yates
Program Coordinator
More about Katie Yates

Katie joined CRWC as a seasonal Environmental Science Intern in 2016 and 2017 and became the Program Assistant in February 2018. In January 2019, Katie was promoted to Program Coordinator.

She is currently earning her GIS Certification and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability with a concentration in Science.

Katie enjoys hanging out with her family, backpacking, kayaking and gardening.

Michael Eovaldi
Program Assistant
More about Michael Eovaldi

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 Schuler
Membership & Operations Associate
More about Linda Schuler

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 Sugden
Accountant
More about Janice Sugden

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.

Board of Directors

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

CRWC HISTORY

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.

  • The council was formed in 1972 as an association of local governments under the authority of the Michigan Local Rivers Management Act of 1964.
  • In 1994, the council reorganized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which allows CRWC to obtain funding from grants and private donors.
  • Today, we are supported by local and county government membership dues, business sponsorships, state, federal and private grants and individual contributions.
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