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WCCD Awarded EGLE Grant for Ottawa/Stony Creek Watershed Plan
By Hannah Bradshaw, Outreach Coordinator
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced this week that the Washtenaw County Conservation District (WCCD), in partnership with the Monroe Conservation District (MCD), have been selected to receive $175,033 in funding over two years to update the Ottawa/Stony Creek Watershed management plan.
Ottawa/Stony Creek Watershed is a tributary to the Western Lake Erie Basin and covers rural, peri-urban and urban areas in primarily Monroe and Washtenaw counties. This area is mostly agricultural and discharges pollutants such as sediment, nutrients and bacteria into Lake Erie. The project will include agricultural surveys, water quality monitoring, wetland assessment and stakeholder focus groups to gather information about current conditions and select the best strategies for addressing local and Lake Erie water related issues.
Additional partners in this management plan update include the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office, Monroe County Water Resources, the Farmer-Led Conservation Group, Townships (Ypsilanti, Pittsfield, York, Augusta, Exeter, Berlin Charter, Frenchtown Charter), the Village of Maybee, Washtenaw and Monroe County Health Departments.
Once the plan is updated and approved, the Ottawa/Stony Creek Watershed will be eligible for implementation grants through EGLE that will address causes of nonpoint source pollution in the watershed.
Fall Tree & Native Plant Sale 2021
Pick-Up October 1st, 1-6 p.m. at Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds
Looking for plants for wildlife habitat, soil erosion control, water retention & filtration, wind buffers, reforestation, carbon sequestration, shade trees, pollinators, or simply for natural beauty?
Look no further than the WCCD Fall Tree & Native Plant sale!
A Guided Walking Tour Exploring How Forests Can Feed our Communities
Grizzly Nature Trail, Ypsilanti
Saturday, July 31st from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Forests are all around us, but we don’t often think of them as places that produce food. Learn about the history of food forests and take a walk with us to rethink how your local forest could supplement your diet in a local and sustainable way. We’ll learn to identify several plants - a few to avoid and others that are edible - as we stroll through a lush woodland.
This workshop is offered in partnership with Growing Hope's Farm Manager, Payton McDonald and Rachel Osborn Mifsud from Will Forage for Food. Ypsilanti residents are encouraged to attend.
Have you worked with a contractor or company for native habitat restoration, invasive species removal, forestry, or other conservation services? WCCD is in the process of updating its contractor lists and would love your input. Let us know if you've had a good experience with an area business by sending us an email using the button below!
Meet our new Outreach Coordinator (OC), Hannah Bradshaw! Previous to starting as the new OC, Hannah has served the WCCD for over three years, as an intern, an Associate Director and elected Board Director. Hannah now brings her talents and passion back to the WCCD as a staff member helping to connect Washtenaw County residents to WCCD programs and services.
She is currently a student at the University of Michigan and has worked at the UM Museum of Natural History and the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation. When not working or in class, she likes to spend time outside with her dogs Blue & Bo at her home in Manchester.
Food Forestry Tour
Saturday, July 31st from 10 am - 12 pm
Grizzly Nature Trail (Meet in the Ypsi High Track & Tennis Court Parking Lot)