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About CRWC

50 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

Susan Kelsey
Interim Executive Director
More about Susan Kelsey

As the Interim Executive Director, she leads the non-profit’s mission to protect, enhance and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair for the benefit of communities, the environment and our future.

During her 15-years with the CRWC, Susan has served in various positions on the Board of Directors – Secretary, 1st & 2nd Vice President and President.

Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Michigan – Flint and a Master of Science in manufacturing management from GMI Engineering & Management Institute (Kettering University).

She is retired from General Motors with 39+ years in environmental engineering including Chemicals Management Manager, Environmental Group Manager, and Global Biodiversity Program Manager. Susan also is a Certified Hazardous Material Manager and a licensed Industrial Wastewater Treatment Operator - State of Michigan.

Sue@crwc.org

Eric Diesing
Chief Watershed Ecologist
More about Eric Diesing

Eric joined CRWC in 2016 and became the Watershed Ecologist for CRWC 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 other ecological applications, the Clinton River Coldwater Conservation Project, Clinton River SPAC delegate and field data collection and ecological monitoring. His research focuses on river restoration impacts on stream ecosystems and biotic communities.

Eric@crwc.org

Melissa Gray
Development and Communications Specialist
More about Melissa Gray

Melissa interned with the CRWC for 3 summers while working on her undergrad. 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 completed her Master’s in Business Administration & Marketing at Wayne State University in 2021 and has completed multiple Graphic Design courses from the Art Institute.

Melissa works in a variety of areas with the CRWC including social media and communications, graphic design, membership, event planning and fundraising. Melissa enjoys being outside by any body of water, photography, creative arts and spending time with her family and Alaskan Malamute! 

Melissa@crwc.org

Dr. Chris Bobryk
Watershed Planner
More about Dr. 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 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.

Chris@crwc.org

Holly Fine
Donor Relations Specialist and Operations Manager
More about Holly Fine

Holly comes to the CRWC with a wide array of experience. Holly studied psychology at Wayne State University, earned an Associates in Science for Business Management in 2021 and is currently working towards a BA with a dual concentration of Diversity and Cultural Awareness and Human Resource Managagement at Southern New Hampshire University. 

Holly has over twenty years of experience in operations with the last seven in a non-profit. In her free time Holly enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, running and spending time with her family and two golden retrievers.

Holly@crwc.org

Kaleigh Snoddy
Director of Education and Stewardship
More about Kaleigh Snoddy

Kaleigh started with the CRWC in 2019 as an intern, returning again in 2020. In the summer of 2021, she became Program Assistant for the CRWC. In spring of 2021, she graduated with honors from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Specialization in Natural Resource Sustainability and Management as well as a minor in Biology.

As Program Assistant, Kaleigh 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.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending all the time she can on the water.

Kaleigh@crwc.org

Pronoye Kapali
Watershed Program Specialist
More about Pronoye Kapali

Pronoye became an intern in the summer of 2021. In the fall of 2021, Pronoye became the Program Assistant. Pronoye graduated from Oakland University in winter of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Specialization of Natural Resource Sustainability and Management and a minor in Biology. 

As the Program Assistant, Pronoye assists theWatershed Program Specialist and the Director of Education and Stewardship in planning and executing our stormwater programs. She also assists the Watershed Ecologist in completing any ecological applications from fieldwork to data entry. 

Pronoye enjoys traveling, reading, and being outdoors. 

Pronoye@crwc.org

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.

Janice@crwc.org

Board of Directors

Shawn Keenan 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

Emilie Rohrbach Director

David Szlag Director

Jennifer Tegen 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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