Healthy Water

Our priorities align with the Office of the Great Lakes Michigan Water Strategy which means we have a strong focus on inspiring stewardship through education, recreation and access, promoting economic growth through infrastructure investment and community development and ensuring clean water through monitoring, protection and restoration.

Over the last decade we’ve inventoried every waterway across our 4.5-million-acre service area to assess stream health and prioritize problems like failing infrastructure. In the last five years we’ve completed over 90 road/stream crossing improvements, removed 5 dams and reconnected over 450 miles of river. Connected waterways improve recreation and economic viability by giving fish and other species access to the upstream habitat they need to survive, and our stormwater efforts improve overall water quality by reducing the amount of sediment and pollution that enters waterways, making the water cleaner for people and wildlife.

Yet, we have only been able to touch the surface; there is so much more work for us to accomplish. Over the next 25 years, we plan to reconnect 500 miles of high-quality trout stream and to ensure that every coastal community along Lake Huron’s northern shore has a completed stormwater assessment and an action plan in place for water quality improvement.

Learn More About How We’re Preserving and Protecting Clean Water

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Connected Waterways
The health of aquatic animals like brook trout and bass depends on connected waterways that allow them to move freely upstream and downstream or from one body of water to another throughout their life cycles. Open waterways also improve safety and access for recreation. Through dam removals and road/stream crossing projects, Huron Pines is able to replace failing infrastructure that impedes the flow of water with new construction that reduces erosion, opens up stream flow and allows people to have safe passage over the water.

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Clean Water
We are committed to improving the health of our region’s water by filtering pollution and sediment from our lakes and streams. After assessing the individual needs of a community, we can develop an action plan to reduce stormwater runoff, keeping excess salt, oil, sand and other pollutants from entering rivers, lakes and groundwater.