The ADW works together on a number of initiatives, publications and reports to meet stormwater permit requirements and improve water quality in the region. Watershed Management Plans for the three watersheds that comprise the ADW were updated in 2012 and provide detail on existing conditions, goals and priority improvements and projects. Annual Reports are completed to detail the past years’ efforts and accomplishments. The ADW also sponsors a number of training opportunities, public awareness campaigns and community outreach activities.
The ADW has partnered with Downriver businesses on a monthly photo contest throughout 2018. Twelve winning photos will be featured in the 2020 ADW calendar and each month’s winner will receive a gift certificate from a Downriver business.
Through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the ADW has been granted funds to map and prioritize locations of invasive species in our communities. Data collected through this process will hopefully be used in future programs to remove environmentally harmful invasive species. We need your help to properly identify, map and prioritize invasive species in ADW communities. Click here to access the map.
The ADW members have worked over the past few years to purchase and install 80 signs throughout the watershed to help raise awareness of the resources in the region. Signs have been placed along many roads where creeks or streams cross as well as at locations near the watershed boundaries. For a map of the sign locations Click here. If your community is interested in additional signs, please contact Wayne County at 734.326.4469.
Each year, the ADW supports the designated Green Schools within our watershed. In past years, the ADW purchased trees to plant on the Green Schools’ property. In 2016, the ADW awarded 5 Green Schools in the ADW with a $1,300 voucher to be used to host the University of Michigan, Museum of Natural History’s River Residency Stream Table Simulation Workshops. This program continued in 2017 with 6 schools awarded as highlighted in this River Residency Summary. The ADW has budgeted to continue to award vouchers in 2018! For more information on the Green Schools program Click here.
Grow Zone/Green Roof Project Summaries
Brownstown Middle School Green Roof
Erving Elementary School Green Roof
Frank and Poet Riparian Buffer
Gudith Elementary School Wildflowers
Huroc Park Riparian Buffer
Labo Park Project
O.W. Best Middle School Native Plant Garden
Riparian Buffer at Lake Erie Metropark
Riverview Riparian Buffer
Village Hall Native Garden
Wilson Middle School Wildflower Gardens
Woods Creek Riparian Restoration
Climate Trends in Michigan and the Great Lakes
Using Green Practices to Improve Water Quality and Save Money
Quantifying the Benefits of Green Infrastructure in SE Michigan
Matthew Vernier and Sudha Maheshwari
Re-tooling Ann Arbor’s Storm Water Utility to Address Changing Legal Precedents
Integrating Green Infrastructure into the DWSD CSO Program
Amy Mangus and Kelly Karll
Watershed Management Plans
ADW Monitoring Results Presentation 2016
ADW Monitoring Results Presentation 2014
ADW Monitoring Report 2013
ADW Monitoring Report 2012
ADW Monitoring Report 2011
ADW Monitoring Report 2010