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In 2018, Wayne State University researchers were awarded a three-year, $929,000 grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund. The overall goal of this project is to reduce the presence of microplastics in the Great Lakes. Specific grant objectives include developing sensor technology that will zero in on microplastic sources, engaging the public in microplastics mitigation and monitoring, and scaling up these models for broader application.

The Clinton River Watershed Council is working with ReRoot Pontiac to establish a community outreach and microplastic pollution mitigation campaign in the City of Pontiac. This campaign aims to raise public awareness and engage the public in reducing microplastics in communities surrounding the Great Lakes.


Educational Video "Microplastics in the environment"

Click here to watch the video

This publication was created by Chelsea Mearnic, an honors undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Sciences from Wayne State University, with guidance from Donna Kashian and Darrin Hunt.


Clinton River Restoration at Yates Cider Mill

In 2018 the CRWC received funding from Michigan DNR as part of the Aquatic Habitat Grant, to restore a 500-foot section of the Clinton River located at Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills.This part of the Clinton River is highly trafficked by anglers due to the annual steelhead run and ample river access.

This project will help improve riparian conditions, reduce sedimentation, reduce erosion and enhance in stream habitat.

The project will also provide access improvements for anglers. Construction is set to begin in Winter 2019. The CRWC hopes to continue restoration along this stretch into the future and is actively pursuing additional funds to help protect his important urban resource.



Galloway wetland restoration

City of Auburn Hills, $370,000 

Approx. 2 acres of wetland habitat creation

Establishment of native vegetation habitat


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