Help Improve The Health Of Your Local Waterways

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

It’s that time of year when volunteers from all around the Clinton River Watershed have converged on the Clinton River and its tributaries for the Clinton River Watershed Council’s annual Clinton River Clean Up.  Over the last 30 years a large number of residents and businesses volunteered their time to improve the health of the river by clearing log jams and removing a wide range of items, with the most interesting being a riding lawn mower.


The most common reason people volunteer their time to this most worthy event is that they want to help preserve and protect our water resources for our generation and future generations.  The good news is that all the past and present efforts are paying off.  What was once one of the most polluted rivers in Michigan is now clean enough to offer residents a wide range of recreational opportunities including fishing and kayaking.


So 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 24, 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.

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 Council’s website at