The 30+ Year Tradition Continues

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For more than 30 years, volunteers from all around the Clinton River Watershed have converged each fall on the Clinton River for the Clinton River Watershed Council annual Clinton River Clean Up.   Many Auburn Hills residents and businesses have been part of this long-running event, having cleared log jams and removed a wide range of items including riding lawn mowers, car parts, bicycles, shopping carts, construction debris, trash and more.


There are many reasons why people volunteer their time to this clean-up effort, but the number one reason given; they want to help preserve and protect our water resources for this generation and future generations.  The good news is the efforts are paying off.  What once was one of the most polluted rivers in Michigan, the Clinton River, through the efforts of many communities, residents, and businesses is now clean enough to offer a wide range of recreational opportunities including fishing and kayaking.

riverSo if you’re looking for an opportunity to further this effort to improve the health and recreational opportunities of the Clinton River, Auburn Hills will be hosting a clean-up on Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 am to noon at River Woods Park.  Volunteers are advised to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes, as well as a pair of gloves if you have them.

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For additional information please contact Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner by phone at 248-364-6926 or by e-mail at  Advanced notice of participation is appreciated but not required.

If you’re interested in hosting or organizing your own clean-up site please visit the Clinton River Watershed Councils website at