The mission of the Clinton Township Conservation Committee is to actively promote the sustainable use of our natural resources by supporting, promoting and implementing conservation measures throughout the Township.
Please join the Conservation Committee, Green Macomb Initiative, and ReLEAF Michigan for tree planting at parks and Gratiot Avenue bus stops in Clinton Township.
There are no plantings scheduled at this time but check here in the upcoming months for more information.
The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) created Adopt-A-Stream as a way to gauge the water quality in the creeks, streams and drains that feed into the Clinton River and eventually into Lake St. Clair and the Great Lakes.
On Sept. 29, 2018, members of the Conservation Committee joined Members of the Arboretum Committee for their Annual Arboretum Tree Planting. At that time, Conservation Committee members counted water bugs to gauge the health of the water running through Kukuk Creek. The count is a twice-a-year commitment.
Special thanks to Amanda, from the Macomb County Public Works office and formerly of the CRWC, who provided us the training and technical expertise on how to collect the samples, know what we were looking at and how to collect the data. Also, special thanks to Sydney Chabot, the daughter of Scott Chabot, Conservation Committee member, township resident and civil engineer with the firm, Anderson Eckstein and Westrick.
For more info on the CRWC Adopt-A-Stream Program, click on: http://www.crwc.org/programs/adoptastream/
Photos from the fall bug count. Unfortunately, the count reveals fair to poor water quality.
Clinton Township Conservation Committee Project Update!
Working with the Clinton River Watershed Council on the Adopt-A-Stream program
Bugs Tell Us a Lot About Water Quality, so Spring and Fall a few of our really dedicated members find ourselves digging in the muck, on the hunt for bugs.
The Clinton Township Conservation Committee was recently on location at the Kukuk Drain playing in the muck. Not for fun but as a volunteer partner of the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Adopt-a-Stream program, designed to monitor the quality of water that flows from our streets, lawns, and parking lots, into our drains, then into our stream, out to the River and then eventually out into Lake St. Clair.
Eric Deising, CRWC
Paul Gieleghem, Clinton Twp. Treasurer, Chair of Conservation Committee
Results of the Study
The amount of bugs collected place the Kukuk Drain in the Fair to Poor category. However, we monitor over time because many factors can impact our findings. Wet Spring led to high water levels and faster flows. Water was really murky and many of our bugs were hard to find. But we continue to get batter at the collections.
“Turns out the presence of bugs can tell us a lot about the quality of the water in those drains and streams, said Clinton Township Treasurer who also Chairs the Clinton Township Conservation Committee. “Digging in stream-bed muck is not something I would normally consider a good time, but helping raising awareness on environmental issues and protecting water quality is part of our Committee’s mission, so here we are every Spring and Fall.”
“Some bugs like Scuds (Amphipoda), are more tolerant to the presence of pollutants and fertilizers,” said Eric Diesing, Watershed Ecologist for the Clinton River Watershed Council, who was on hand with the Conservation Committee members, providing technical expertise. “We get excited when we see less tolerant species like Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) or Stoneflies (Plecoptera), that tells us water quality is improving. Adopt-a Stream volunteers help tell us what’s working and where we need to target more efforts.
Arboretum Tree Planting
Clinton Township Conservation Committee members volunteer to help improve the Arboretum.
Civic Center Tree Planting
Volunteers and the Clinton Township DPW helped plant many trees on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at the Clinton Township Civic Center. These trees came from a grant to help increase the tree canopy around Macomb County. Thank you volunteers!
Prince Drewery/Joy Park
Tree plantings at Joy Blvd. Park and Prince Drewry Park, May 13, 2017.
Members of the Clinton Township Conservation Committee volunteer to help the Township improve Normandy Park. Two loads of new wood chips were spread in the playground area.