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Mission Statement

The mission of the Clinton River Watershed Council is to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair.


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. The Clinton River Watershed covers 760 square miles and 7 subwatersheds, including most of Macomb County, the eastern half of Oakland County, and small areas of southern Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

The council was formed in 1972 as an association of local governments under the authority of the Michigan Local Rivers Management Act of 1964. For more than 30 years, 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.

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.

CRWC consists of four full-time and two part-time staff and a 15-member Board of Directors. CRWC coordinates a variety of watershed management, education, and stewardship programs across the watershed.

Watershed Management

  • Includes watershed planning, Stony Creek subwatershed management plan, NPDES Phase II stormwater permit assistance, flooding reports, Clinton River Area of Concern information, wetlands protection, and other services.

Watershed Education

  • Includes Stream Leaders student river monitoring program, Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water / Ours to Protect Campaign, and available materials, presentations & workshops

Watershed Stewardship



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