The interface between land and water (known as the riparian zone) serves a multitude of essential functions such as:
- Maintaining stream flows
- Cycling nutrients
- Filtering chemicals and other pollutants from runoff
- Trapping and redistributing sediments
- Absorbing and detaining floodwaters
- Maintaining fish and wildlife habitats, and
- Supporting the food chain for a wide range of organisms
Given that the number one source of water pollution today comes from stormwater runoff that enters our lakes and streams without prior treatment, waterfront property owners have a special responsibility to protect our water resources. They are at the frontline of preventing pollution from property directly adjacent to our waterways. Although all human activities in a watershed can affect the water quality of our lakes and streams, activities adjacent to riparian zones are most critical.
With the help of a federal grant through the Rouge River Wet Weather Demonstration Project, the WRC Environmental Team produced a series of informational booklets and pamphlets for waterfront property owners. They outline a variety of actions to protect water quality and wildlife, as well as property values and the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of Oakland County.
They can be viewed below or contact us if you would like a hard copy of any of these materials. By following Healthy Habits for Clean Water, you will learn how to minimize stormwater runoff from your property. You'll also learn how to minimize pollutants from leaving your property and entering the water.
Waterfront Wisdom: Healthy Habits for Clean Water - This booklet provides a comprehensive look at the seven Healthy Habits for Clean Water. Individual pamphlets have also been developed on each Healthy Habit.