The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) facilitated Peer Learning Groups to build the capacity of professionals and community decision-makers to address the water-related impacts of climate change at the local level.
The Peer Learning Groups were based upon three sectors with members collaborating and developing resources:
1. Natural Infrastructure – for wildlife biologists, aquatic ecologists, natural lands managers
Download report: Review of climate impacts to tree species of the Huron River watershed»
2. Water Infrastructure – for stakeholders involved with drinking water, waste water, storm water infrastructure
Download report: Improving stormwater management in the Huron River watershed»
3. In Stream Flow – for dam operators, fisheries biologists, and hydrologists
Download report: Improving information access and communication among dam operations of the Huron River mainstem»
This partnership with the HRWC resulted in a number of impactful outcomes. Based on the early financial and technical support GLISA provided, HRWC assembled key stakeholder groups to provide a better understanding of climate impacts. Through a series of GLISA- supported workshops, the working group published a guide to adapting forests for the watershed area. This toolkit also provides management strategies that can be adopted to enhance resiliency. HRWC is distributing the planning kit distributed across other watersheds and natural systems management groups to strengthen their capacity to adapt land and forest management, based on climate information. In addition, the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioners Office revised their stormwater rules to require additional onsite infilltration of stormwater after vulnerabilities were identified during input from community experts and GLISA’s analysis of heavy precipitation trends for the watershed.