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RRWC Kayak Raffle Minimize

The River Raisin Watershed Council is Raffling (2) Kayaks on July 30, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Lenawee County Fair - RRWC Booth - at the Merchants Display Building



Perception Sound 9.5’ w/ Paddle


Blue Ticket $5 each or 5/$20

Value $475

Aspire 100 10’ w/Paddle

Yellow Ticket $10 each or 3/$25

                                                                                                                Value $850

RRWC will be using the proceeds to enhance the River Raisin experience with Kayak/Canoe launch sites, woody Debris management (log jam removal) and other activities that will will help PROTECT & PRESERVE this great Watershed.

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RRWC Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday - August 17, 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: rrwc@lenawee.mi.us

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River Raisin South Br. Environmental Interaction Study Minimize

South Branch of the River Raisin

Environmental Interaction Study

Click here for Study Results

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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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.

Watershed Map

River Raisin Watershed

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Efforts to Restore River Raisin Seeing Progress Minimize

Efforts to Restore River Raisin Seeing Progress

Sept. 22, 2015                                                         

For More Information 

Melanie Foose, 517-897-3244, foosem@michigan.gov

Karen Tommasulo, 517-284-6716, tommasulok@michigan.gov 

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 www.michigan.gov/deqaocprogram.

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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!

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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

"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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 320 Springbrook Ave., Suite 102
 Adrian, MI 49221






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