Founded in 1965, the Huron River Watershed Council ( HRWC ) is southeast Michigan's oldest environmental organization dedicated to river protection. The Council's mission is to inspire attitudes, behaviors, and economies that protect, rehabilitate, and sustain the ecological and cultural communities of the Huron River ecosystem. HRWC is a nonprofit coalition of Huron Valley residents, businesses, and local governments. The Council bridges political boundaries by building partnerships between and among communities, community leaders, residents, and commercial enterprises. Serving those constituencies, HRWC monitors the Huron River, its tributaries, lakes, and groundwater, and directs multiple programs addressing pollution prevention and abatement, wetland and floodplain protection, citizen education, and natural resource and land-use planning. Since it was formed, the Council has served as a place where local units of government and citizens have discussed problems and sought solutions to critical issues affecting the River. Even though the Council has no enforcement powers, it has accomplished its goals through the use of technical data, factual information and citizen stewardship to influence decisions made by various local and state agencies. Where is Huron River Watershed Located In southeastern Michigan, the Huron River Watershed spans a land area of more than 900 square miles and drains water to the Huron River through hundreds of tributary creeks and streams. The river itself flows more than 125 miles from its headwaters at Big Lake, near Pontiac, to its mouth at Lake Erie. The river's drainage area includes seven Michigan counties ( Oakland, Livingston, Ingham, Jackson, Washtenaw, Wayne, Monroe ), 63 municipal governments, and a half million residents. Mission Statement: The mission of the Council is to inspire attitudes, behaviors, and economies that protect, rehabilitate, and sustain the Huron River system. Stream monitoring by volunteers: HRWC has developed the premiere citizen-monitoring network in the State. Our strong quality assurance and quality control mechanisms allow agencies to confidently use this data to direct water protection programs. Educating the public: HRWC has an award-winning mass media campaign aimed at changing behaviors to keep our water safe and clean.