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“ART FISH FUN” – How One Michigan Community Gets Kids to Care about Water by Mary Ellen Geist
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2018 Art-Fish-Fun Festival
Save the Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Beaudette Park, Pontiac, MI
Park cleanup begins at 11:00 a.m.
Environmental exhibits, fishing with Commissioner Nash and lunch to follow at noon!                                                                 For additional informational go to  Click to view the 2018 Art Fish Fun Festival PSA video and the Activity Program.


2019 Kids' Clean Water Calendar Contest
Fourth and 5th grade students within Oakland County are invited to submit drawings depicting various ways to help protect our lakes, streams, rivers and groundwater from pollution and how to conserve water. The contest submission period will be open from Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, October 5, 2018. Contest rules and submission form will be available soon!

Art-Fish-Fun Brings Hundreds Out

For the fourth year in a row, the Water Resources Commission staff, the Art Experience and the City of Pontiac joined volunteers from Pure Oakland Water, along with many sponsors and local agencies to host the annual Art-Fish-Fun Festival. This year’s free family fun event held in Pontiac’s Beaudette Park, doubled in size with record attendance reported. Hundreds of kids and families learned about conservation, wildlife and fish, as well as water-related environmental issues. More than 40 arts and educational activities were provided. The free picnic and the opportunity to fish with Commissioner Jim Nash was well received. He provided free bait and helped many first-timers cast their fishing reels. County residents from Pontiac, Rochester Hills, Southfield, Waterford and many of the surrounding communities found enjoyment at the June 10th event, which highlighted “River Day” by giving free t-shirts away. Mark your calendars for the 2018 Art Fish Fun Festival scheduled for June 9, 2018.

Supported by the Pontiac Arts Commission and the Clinton River Watershed Council, in collaboration with numerous businesses, arts and nonprofit organizations. We appreciate the outstanding work of event organizers each year and we thank them for making the free Art-Fish-Fun Festival a reality.

Please click here to read the article about the event in the Oakland County Times.

To see the Public Service Announcement - please click here.

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Water Resources Commissioner Returns Bill Payment Location to Pontiac City Hall


On May 18, 2017, a special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to announce the new payment drop-off location in Pontiac's City Hall. Many City of Pontiac officials joined Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash for the event. Pictured (left to right) are City Councilman Kermit Williams, Council President Patrice Waterman, Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, Mayor Deirdre Waterman, Council President Pro Tem Mary Pietila, Oakland County Commissioner David E.S. Bowman and Councilwoman Dr. Doris Taylor-Burks standing in front  of the WRC/City of Pontiac Water Payment Drop-off Box. 

Spring Into Science Event at Cranbrook



On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash greeted Adam and Zoe Herkowitz at the Cranbrook Institute of Science at the annual “Spring Into Science”  event held in Bloomfield Hills.They attended the event with their father, Randy Herkowitz of Huntington Woods, who is not pictured.



Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash speaks with
Royal Oak resident, Rosalyn Bloom, and her family at the annual “Spring Into Science” event at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. 







Oakland County Water Resources Community Liaison, Craig Covey, addresses parents and students at the annual “Spring Into Science” event at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  




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