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Michigan's Free Fishing Weekends: An annual tradition

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Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan's premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!

The 2016 Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled for this winter: February 13 & 14 and this summer: June 11 & 12.

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

For many, the annual Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition - a time to get together and have some fishing fun. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme! Experienced anglers who offer a child or young adult the chance to take their first fishing trip can provide a rewarding experience for all. People who fish tend to understand the natural aquatic network of plants and animals that help to sustain fish as well as the regulations that govern fishing in Michigan.

Research shows that young people today do not have access to fishing opportunities that were enjoyed by generations before them. Some of the reasons: living in urban or suburban areas where fishing access is not readily available, competition for time by an ever-increasing schedule of special activities, and too little time for unstructured leisure.

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams.

So grab a rod and your family and friends, and let's go fishing!


RRWC Apparel

Stocking Hat/Ball Cap $10

T-Shirt $10

Polo Shirt $20 

Fleece $30

Sizes: M, L, XL, XXL

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Lake Erie Water Festival

May 26, 2016

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

IHM Motherhouse

610 W. Elm St. Monroe, MI


The Lake Erie Water Festival is a day-long educational event for 6th grade students in Monroe County. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, students will learn about water science, pollution prevention and sustainability concepts using the award-winning IHM green campus as a living laboratory.


Students explore benthic macro-invertebrates from the Raisin River at a learning station manned by the RRWC.


Students will attend six different 25-minute educational presentations where environmental experts will share their knowledge with age-appropriate activities. We thank the following organizations for their contributions towards educating the next generation of sustainability leaders at the festival. They include:

·      River Raisin Institute

·      Monroe County ISD

·      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

·      Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office

·      Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority

·      River Raisin Watershed Council

·      UM Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center

·      IHM Sisters, and more!

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RRWC Executive Committee Meeting

June 21, 2016

10:00 AM

Tecumseh Police Meeting Room

309 E. Chicago Blvd.

Tecumseh, MI 49286

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Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Opportunity

Please join us for this exciting and educational event!!!

For more information email:

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River Raisin South Br. Environmental Interaction Study Minimize

South Branch of the River Raisin

Environmental Interaction Study

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"Discover the Raisin"

                                                                LAMOTTE - Water Test Ed Kit, pH, Dis O2, Nitrate, etc

Date:   February 29, 2016                  

Contact:   Stephen May, Executive Director             

River Raisin Watershed Council            

(517) 264-4754

RRWC Announces “Discover the Raisin” Award Winners

Six middle school science teachers will receive water quality testing kits to help students investigate the water quality of the River Raisin and its tributaries in their area. 

•           Jessica Smith and Jon Way, Britton Deerfield Schools, 6th & 7th grade

•           Jackie Murray, Clinton Middle School, 8th grade

•           Shawn Dreslinski, Clinton Middle School, 6th & 7th grade

•           Jackie Shane, Lenawee Christian School, 8th grade

•           Leigh Ann Roehm, Saline Schools, 7th grade

More than 700 students will be involved in the testing this spring. The teachers will guide student learning and help them understand basic chemical and biological processes about the water that flows through their communities. 

Test kits include guidebooks, chemicals and tools needed to measure nitrate, phosphate, dissolved oxygen, chloride, pH, and E. coli. This data will be used by students to assess the health of the watershed and to propose solutions to address any problems they identify. These students can become part of a new generation of stewards of the watershed, helping to improve water quality in the Raisin. The RRWC will ask the teachers to share their results and will provide a summary of the information collected in a future newsletter. 

The RRWC initiated the program last fall and is in the process of planning for the next round.  We will be convening a Teachers Advisory Committee to help guide the process. In addition to science, other topics to be considered for future awards include engineering, the arts, literature and history. 

The “Discover the Raisin” award program is made possible through a generous donation from ITC, which is responsible for high-voltage power lines in most of the River Raisin Watershed.  We thank ITC for providing the support to allow the RRWC to launch this program. The RRWC is seeking additional sponsors for future awards.

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Our Mission:


The River Raisin Watershed Council is a nonprofit membership organization with a growing constituency of individuals, businesses, municipalities and community groups seeking to protect the natural resources of the watershed.            

Working in partnership with these diverse interests, RRWC acts as a catalyst to improve the watershed environment through planning, advocacy, education, science, and protection of watershed lands.

We combine watershed science and land use planning as a framework for decision-making.

Our Board of Directors represents varied interests in the watershed and carries out governance, while work is coordinated and implemented by a professional staff and many volunteers.

Since its creation, the RRWC has experienced many changes. These changes include the passing of new bylaws, the formation of new policies, and the development of new partnerships.  

In 2009 we published the Watershed Management Plan. This document is a great resource that can be used and cited by anyone interested in the River Raisin Watershed.

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Cooling the Hotspots: Collaborating With Farmers to Reduce Nutrient Run-off

With leadership from the Grand-Raisin Cluster, we are pleased to announce that our collaborative "Cooling the Hotspots" project has been selected for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding!

We'll be working with River Raisin Watershed Council, Graham Sustainability Institute, Michigan State University, Institute of Water Research, Winrock International, Lenawee Conservation District, farmers, and others to prevent nutrient run-off, reduce erosion, improve drinking water supply, and reduce the prevalence of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

This project will utilize the Pay-for-Performance conservation approach, which was one of the 2014 awardees for a White House and EPA Challenge: Winning Solutions for Nutrient Pollution!

"These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used for critical projects to prevent soil erosion and reduce phosphorus runoff that contributes to algae growth in the Great Lakes," said Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. "Many of these grants target Great Lakes watersheds where there have been harmful algal blooms in recent years - such as Maumee Bay on Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron and Green Bay on Lake Michigan." - from EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Reduce Runoff that Contributes to Algal Blooms

Watershed Map

River Raisin Watershed

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River Raisin Parks Minimize

This map includes most of the parks with public access to the River Raisin and other bodies of water within the watershed.  Use it as a resource when planning your next adventure.

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Efforts to Restore River Raisin Seeing Progress

Sept. 22, 2015                                                         

For More Information 

Melanie Foose, 517-897-3244,

Karen Tommasulo, 517-284-6716, 

The DEQ’s Office of the Great Lakes today announced significant progress in the River Raisin’s environmental recovery. Located in Monroe County, the River Raisin was designated as a Great Lakes Area of Concern in 1985 due to severe environmental degradation from industrial and municipal pollution.

Areas of Concern are locations within the Great Lakes Basin that suffered significant environmental damage. They are defined by beneficial use impairments – specific ecological problems that must be addressed to achieve recovery. 

This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the River Raisin is on the road to recovery by removing its Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat and Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations beneficial use impairments. Restoration of these beneficial uses means the fish and wildlife habitat in the River Raisin has vastly improved and can support healthy populations.

The restoration was made possible due to multiple grants totaling over $6.5 million from the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The habitat restoration projects were implemented by the City of Monroe and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and included eight projects to remove or retrofit dams from the 1930s to provide a passage for fish, as well as four wetland restoration projects in Sterling State Park.  

For more information on the DEQ’s Areas of Concern program, visit

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This map includes water trails on the River Raisin and Saline River.  The length of each trail is estimated in miles.  Simply click on a trail to see where it begins and ends, in addition to its length.  Please understand that the water trails are a work in progress, and there may be log jams and other hazards that are not on the map.  You should proceed with caution.

Access points for getting in and out of the river have been identified.  Click on each park to see the address.  Our Google maps version of the parks can help you plan your route to and from the river, and gives websites for each park.  

Remember to wear your personal flotation devices and check your equipment before heading out  to safely enjoy your paddle or fishing experience.  Trespassing on personal property is illegal.  You must pay the River Raisin Canoe Livery (near Dundee) for dock rental if you intend to stop there.  

This map is a work in progress.  Sections around US-23 have been omitted due to heavy automobile traffic, but can be paddled.  We will be adding more information about possible obstructions throughout the river such as rapids and log jams.  Your feedback is very important to this process, and we would love to hear from you!


 River Raisin Watershed Council
 320 Springbrook Ave., Suite 102
 Adrian, MI 49221





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