Good news, more funding, more action
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Holly Township, working with Headwaters Trails Inc., submitted a grant application for $45,000 to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for a Fish Lake Road Launch and Parking construction project.
HeadWatersTrails Inc out of Holly,MI needs to get the MDEQ and Road Commission permits approved and raise the final $15,000 match money needed for the project. Any donations you can give toward making that match will be greatly appreciated, - not only by Headwaters Trails and the people who currently use the river, - but by future generations who will use this site and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Shiawassee River.
As many of you know, Headwaters Trails has been working on keeping the Shiawassee River open for paddling by doing things like building a launch at Water Works Park and a bridge there to get to the launch from the parking area. That is the start of the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail in Holly.
At Fish Lake Road, down stream from Water Works Park, Headwaters Trails has purchased land to build a canoe launch which can function as a take out for people who only want a short trip on the river.
The site needs to have excavation, then fill, gravel, geotextile fabric and railings added to make a place for vehicles to stop and park safely. From that parking area, a handicap accessible ramp needs to be built. Headwaters Trails hired an engineering firm to draw up plans to build a launch that will be acceptable to both the MDEQ and Oakland County Road Commission. This
grant application is to fund this project.
Headwaters Trails Inc. is a 501c3 Federal non-profit corporation. Money donated is tax deductible.
Headwaters Trails Inc.
P.O. Box 33
Holly, MI 48442-0033
Thursday, March 26, 2015
New Lothrop (195).
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Many folks are hard at work updating new river maps for recreation near and upon The Shiawassee River.
Look for them at upcoming events like Fenton Expo, Quiet Water Symposium in Lansing, and other venues.
With a little prior planning, a canoe/kayak trip of 20 miles in one day is quite possible. Explore new areas, see more wildlife, and experience a different section of the river. Some parts are skinny, some wide, others flow slow, while certain sections are quick. Something for everyone.
Get some some friends together, stage some vehicles downriver , then everyone shuttles back to the launch site. Take lots of pics throughout the day, share with people , let them know about your adventure on the Shiawassee.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
The Logging of the Cass River in the Thumb of Michigan
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Project Next Steps
By Graham Sturgeon, staff writer
PLANNING – Stakeholder panel met Wednesday, Sept. 24, to
discuss planning for the ongoing removal of the Shiatown Dam on the
Shiawassee River just upstream of the Bennington Road bridge.
They included the Shiawassee Township Supervisor (STS), members
of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and
members of the Friends of the Shiawassee River (FOSR).
Phil Hathaway (FOSR),
Kevin Smith (FOSR),
Chris Freiberger (MDNR),
Joe Leonardi (MDNR),
Anthony Karhoff (STS)
Gary Burk (FOSR)
Tom Cook (FOSR)
An update on the continuing removal of the Shiatown
Dam, on the Shiawassee River just upstream of
the Bennington Road bridge, was Wednesday night
by the Friends of the Shiawassee River (FOSR) at the
Shiawassee Township Hall in Bancroft. Members of the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
and Shiawassee Township officials heard engineering
consultant Scott Dierks’ three-phased plan to gradually
remove what has been termed the dangerous and outdated
dam from the Shiawassee River, and to restore the
river’s flow and functionality.
The process began two years ago with the impoundment
drawdown and this group is planning the next two phases
of the plan, set throughout 2015. Partial dam removal began
in the fall of 2012 after a 12-year-old girl drowned
at the dam in May of that year. The next phase of the
removal calls for the elimination of the piers, retaining
walls and the powerhouse, along with filling in of the approximately
12-foot-deep scour hole just downstream of
the dam, using the concrete rubble created by demolition
of the structure.
Phase III will include channel restoration, stabilization
and habitat improvements. The group hopes to create a
safe atmosphere that can be enjoyed by the community,
and to create a viable aquatic habitat for the river’s wildlife
The FOSR has sought and received a number of grants;
organizing those plans will aid the group in obtaining future
grants. They have already received a $162,700 grant
from the MDNR, and a $62,500 grant from the Saginaw
Bay Watershed Initiative Network (SBWIN). Both of
these grants were earmarked for Phase II of the project,
and the group has applied for several other grants that will
aid in the restoration of the river, including a $30,000 Fish
and Wildlife grant. The group plans to create bid documents
by the start of the year, with construction beginning
The plan for now appears to involve a gradual removal
of the existing structure, as the group wants to retain the
sediments that have accumulated on the upstream side
of the dam to maintain the river’s shape and integrity.
Removing the dam all at once would have the effect of
widening and deepening the river due to the immediate
loss of most of the collected sediment. For this reason,
the dam’s skirting will initially be left in its place to promote
a gradual dispersal of the sediment in question. The
gradual removal option should have the effect of lowering
the floodplain, therefore reducing the risk of flooding for
those in the river’s contiguous vicinity.
After the panel concluded their demonstration they then
opened the floor to the audience for questioning. Some
of the better questions asked were concerning the matter
of flood insurance and the issue of the dreaded sea lampreys.
A local resident asked if those living in the floodplain
would see a decrease in their flood insurance if the
floodplain were lowered, to which FOSR member Gary
Burk replied that he was not sure.
“If anything it will reduce flood risks downstream
because there will not be the threat of dam failures,”
Burk said. “We have already taken flood risks out of the
equation upstream by controlling the flow of water into
On the issue of sea lamprey, MDNR representative Joe
Leonardi dispelled the fear of an infestation should the
dam be removed. “As it is currently, the dam is not a barrier
that is keeping the sea lamprey out. But there is not
as large of a population as people would think.” He also
noted that the state plans to use TFM, or 3-triflouromenthyl-
4-nitrophenol, to treat the entire river to eliminate
the dangerous aquatic predator.
For more information, persons may check the Friends of
the Shiawassee River website, www.shiawasseeriver.org
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The House of Representatives in Washington voted 277 to 130 for H.R. 4719,
The “America Gives More Act of 2014,” a charity package
that includes the Conservation Easement Incentive Act.
Among many good causes, this bill makes permanent the
federal tax deduction for conservation easement donations.
This allows NOHLC to work with our neighbors to conserve
their land and protect valuable natural and
historic resources in northern Oakland county.
This important tax incentive enables families to choose conservation
thereby improving the quality of our air and water,
promoting locally grown food, protecting wildlife habitat,
and supporting rural livelihoods.
NOHLC appreciates the bi-partisan support for private land conservation
shown by the votes of Representatives Rogers, Bentivolio and Peters.
More importantly, making the enhanced incentive permanent
is about ensuring a legacy. Land tells the story of our nation,
providing both a window to the past and a key to a healthy
and secure future. It ensures that open spaces will be there
for future generations to farm, graze or simply enjoy.
Our grandchildren’s children will thank us for making
this vital incentive for conservation permanent.
Now it is up to the Senate to vote for it.
This House passage represents a unique opportunity for
Congress to make a final push to get this legislation
over the finish line and make the incentive permanent once and for all.
Our organization protects the landscapes that make this
community a wonderful place to live, and we need to
have this important incentive in our conservation toolkit.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
is featured in the ""The Review"" an official magazine
of the Michigan Municipal League.
-The magazine acts as a medium for the exchange
of ideas and information among the officials of
Michigan cities and villages.
- It has been published continuously, ten times-a-year,
since 1928. It is mailed to over 10,000 elected and
key appointed officials in Michigan cities and villages
and pass-along readership is over 40,000
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
17th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup
Saturday, July 26, 2014 (9 am - Noon)
Promote the Shiawassee River as a recreational asset,
and as the centerpiece to many Shiawassee County communities.
In 2013,approximately 130 volunteers participated,
and two service groups selected sites to clean.
For this year's clean-up event, volunteers will meet
at the Oakland Bridge (behind the baseball fields)
at 9 a.m. on July 26th.
Clean up crews will be directed to multiple locations
along the river from Shiatown Dam to Henderson Park including:
Oakwood Ave. Bridge
Friends of the Shiawassee River extends our deepest appreciation to our volunteers.
- See more at: http://www.shiawasseeriver.org/river-renewal#sthash.6Z2N2T2a.dpuf
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
the recent rainfall amounts before the Memorial Day Weekend 2014
There were some glitches, hiccups, overflows, etc.
Sunshine helps kill most forms of ecoli as the river levels drop.
Attempt to paddle upon the water, stay in your boat as much as possible.
If you do go in the river waters, take a shower or bath soon afterwards.
Remember, it's all highly highly diluted with millions of gallons of rainwater.
Infrastructure, underground piping, treatment plant capacity, etc.
all need tax money from federal, state and local communities to operate
in a manner that can handle multiple severe rainstorms in the springtime.
It can't be forgotten, pushed off till next year, again and again.
This news story came out of WLNS a few days ago
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
or Larry Johnson, director of environmental health,
May 16, 17, 18 in 2014 due to recent rainfall.
Please don't over estimate your skills
- or the power behind moving water in a river.
Each and every gallon of water weighs 8 lbs
With a 100 gallons moving forward
- that is 800 lbs of force hitting your boat/body.
Paddle smart with your head in the game, think before you go,
paddle with a buddy, wear your vest at all times on the water
Water doesn't have to be real deep to cause major problems
- a few feet is plenty to be a problem in a pinned kayak/canoe.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
please attend the first of two meetings that are scheduled
to start the process.
Both meetings start at 2:30pm at the Mass Transportation Authority offices
on Dort Highway/I-69 interchange in Flint.
The first meetings is May 13, 2014 and the
second meeting will be May 22, 2014.
This is for non-motorized trails,
and we need to include
our "Blue Water Trails" along the Shiawassee and Flint rivers.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Events for 2014 Shiawassee River
7 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
14 - Wednesday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
18 - Sunday - River Cleanup by Headwaters Trails, Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton, meet at 9 am at Water Works Park, expect to go to 2 pm. See www.headwaterstrailsinc.org for more info.
1 - Sunday - River Cleanup by Headwaters Trails, WW Park to
4 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
8 - Sunday - Headwater Trails - Adventure Paddle - no race this year - Pleasure Paddle from Water Works Park (690 Broad St. Holly, MI) to Strom Park. Approximately 7 miles by river. Registration begins at , boats launch at . See www.headwaterstrailsinc.org for more info and registration forms. $10.00 includes return transportation
with your boat to WaterWorks Park.
12 - Thursday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30
21 - Saturday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Sunrise Breakfast Paddle -
21 - City of Linden - Linden Mills Days
21 - Saturday - City of Linden / Argentine Township River Cleanup.
28 - Saturday - City of Fenton - Fenton to
2 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
13 - Sunday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
19 - Saturday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Sunrise Breakfast Paddle -
6 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station,
9 - Saturday - City of
10 - Sunday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
16 - Saturday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Sunrise Breakfast Paddle -
3 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
9 - Tuesday - Keepers of the Shiawassee Full Moon Paddle - Linden Mill Pond 6:30 pm
28 - Sunday - Headwaters Trails river cleanup from Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton, meet at Water Works Park at 9 am
1 - Wednesday - Headwaters Trails meeting in the Holly Village Chambers attached to the Police Station, 7 pm.
4 - Saturday - Fall Color Paddle by Headwaters Trails, from Water Works Park in Holly to Strom Park in Fenton. Registration starts at , boats put in at .
Moonlight Paddles, organized by the Keepers of the Shiawassee start in the Linden Mill Pond and go to Spoonz Restaurant on
Saturday morning sunrise paddles organized by the Keepers of the Shiawassee will meet at the
If you are aware of blockages on the
The Keepers of The Shiawassee has meetings the 2nd Thursday of each month. These are normally at the
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Friends of the Shiawassee River ( F O S R )
Optional dining at the Wrought Iron Grill in OWOSSO
will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation
and discussion about paddling on the Shiawassee River
with Guest Speakers from Keepers of the Shiawassee.
Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome
Saturday, January 11, 2014
New Webpage with tons of new contact.
Get involved, share info, experiences, knowledge, etc.
The Shiawassee Watershed Project will kick into high gear in 2014
Friday, November 22, 2013
at the Apple iTunes Store in time for the holidays of 2013
a.) enhanced social media capabilities
like Email, Facebook, and Twitter.
b.) proudly displays the Pure Michigan log,
full official endorsement from MEDC
c.) updated look for The iOS7 Platform
d.) reduced the overall "size" under 60 MB
e.) displayed on Michigan's Water Trail website
Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Friday, October 18, 2013
MSU Grant Awarded to the Friends for Water Quality Enhancement
The Michigan State University Planning and Zoning Center has contracted
Friends of the Shiawassee River to undertake an 18-month, water-quality enhancement project
for the entire Shiawassee River Watershed, with funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program.
The project aims to empower local communities and their governments to address
an array of water quality issues.
Targeted water quality issues might include:
- Assessment of drinking water supplies;
- Evaluation of ecosystem diversity;
- Management of storm-water runoff;
- Identification of methods for flood prevention; and
- Assessing how the river can better support recreational opportunities.
MSU partnered with the Friends for this work because it believes that local conservation organizations,
such as the Friends, have a keen awareness of how to generate action on water quality issues
at the local level - among local government planners, elected officials, and associated agencies.
Project efforts will be launched with the Inaugural Shiawassee River Watershed Summit,
scheduled for October 17th, 2013 at the Baker College of Owosso Welcome Center.
This first step aims to bring many watershed stakeholders together to initiate a dialogue
for water-quality enhancement. MSU staff and the Friends built a stakeholder list of more
than 800 individuals affiliated with organizations and agencies that can play a lead role
in the betterment of our watershed. Invitations to the Summit were offered to those on
the list, in addition to active members of the Friends. At the Summit, stakeholders will be
introduced to several approaches to watershed management, and given an opportunity
to network with each other and conservation professionals regarding watershed topics.
Experienced presenters will address the following:
- Best management practices for promoting water health;
- Implementation of green infrastructure;
- Development of ordinance powers;
- Planning initiatives;
- Special watershed projects already in place; and
- Enhancement of recreation and fisheries.
Additionally, MSU staff will be surveying the stakeholders on their perspectives on
water quality and preferred actions in the watershed,
to enable more personalized assistance in the future.
Initial survey results will be reported at the Summit.
Following the Summit, attendees will have access to opportunities for meeting as a watershed,
and receive updates related to watershed projects. Some assistance might be available
to participating localities seeking water quality enhancement.
Additionally Summit participants will be informed about the development of two projects
funded by the grant : a small, green infrastructure project; and a larger watershed-enhancement project.
By approaching issues of water quality at a watershed level, the collective impact of localities
will maximize positive impact on the river’s health.
Remember, what happens upstream, flows downstream.
If we wish to make a significant impact on the cleanliness of our rivers and the beauty of their shorelines,
then we must work together. If you are a local government official, an employee of a locally focused
conservation agency, or an inspired community member, please contact Friends of the Shiawassee River
for more information on the MSU/Friends Partnership and learn what you can do to help.
P.O. Box 402, Owosso, MI 48867
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
most of the state’s almost 2,400 dams—74 percent of them under private ownership
—“were built decades ago and many have deteriorated due to age, erosion,
poor maintenance, flood damage and poor designs.
Those dams that no longer make sense, that stand in disrepair,
or are not removed are at significant risk of failure,
particularly during high flow events.”
The state’s Dam Management Program has provided grants for
some dam removal projects, including ones in
Shiawassee (Shiawassee River) .
Removing dams improves fish migration, improves water quality and habitat,
and enables the distribution of sediments such as silt and sand downstream
as “part of the natural process of rivers,” according to Gerrit Jobsis
of the advocacy group American Rivers.
Removal also reduces the risk to human safety from dams
that may collapse and creates recreational opportunities for anglers and kayakers.
Via - Eric Freedman
The director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
and the Water Resource Offices as The 2013 Regional StormWater Summit
gets underway today at Lawrence Technological University
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
- Official movie release - shown to 500+ members Michigan Municipal League Convention
#MMLCONV downtown Detroit Mariott this week in September 2013
Come Paddle With Us from Hover Shots APV on Vimeo.
The ""Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail"" starts near Holly, Michigan, USA
and flows 100 miles to Bay City, Michigan, USA.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Opens with Community Excellence Presentations, Parade of Flags
-- September 18, 2013 -- by author Elizabeth Shaw
Welcome to the Michigan Municipal League 2013 Convention in Detroit!
The first day officially began with the Welcome General Session
on Wednesday morning, featuring the ever-popular Parade of Flags
and the welcoming words of League President David Lossing
and Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins,
who described the Convention as
“an opportunity to learn from each other, exchange ideas and build resources”
that will hopefully continue on long after the Convention
as we all work together for a better Michigan.
The long-awaited presentations of the Community Excellence Award nominees.
Fenton, Holly, & Linden—Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail
The Shiawassee River Heritage Water has seen increased recreational activity
on the Shiawassee River over the last decade through intergovernmental
and public partnership efforts including promotional signs in
Holly, Fenton, Linden, and Argentine and Holly Townships;
mile markers along the river to inform paddlers of their location,
promotional brochures, annual cleanups, canoe and kayak races
from Holly to Fenton, and moonlight paddle events.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that would help redevelop several aspects
of the area along the Shiawassee River near the former National Guard armory.
Assistant City Manager and DDA Manager Adam Zettel presented the plan, which would include expanded
parking on Curwood Drive, the demolition and relocation of the Shiawassee Chamber of Commerce
building on North Water Street, reconfiguration of parking at the armory, additional kayak launches,
a Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee trail head and more if the potential $700,000 Downtown Infrastructure Grant
With potential matches from DDA ($200,000), the city ($125,000) and others,
the total project cost could be closer to $1.5 million, Zettel said.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Community Excellence Award finalists - September 18, 2013 - Detroit Marriot
Region 1 - Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail – (Come Paddle With Us ! )
Region 2 - Silver Beach Development (St. Joseph)
Region 3 - Belding Community Garden (Belding)
Region 4 - Community Showcase (DeWitt)
Region 5 - Economic Gardening in Imlay City (Imlay City)
Region 6 - Dancin’ Downtown (Rogers City)
Region 7 - Depot Park (Ironwood)
Michigan Municipal Leaders to Descend on Detroit in September 18, 2013:
Hundreds of city, village and township leaders from throughout Michigan
will descend on Detroit for the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Convention.
Registration for League members and non-member is now open for the Sept. 17-20, 2013
Convention taking place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
The last time the event was held in Detroit was 2003.
It was on Mackinac Island in 2012, Grand Rapids in 2011 and Dearborn in 2010.
At the Convention, officials will learn strategic lessons in placemaking,
civic engagement, entrepreneurism, urban planning and socioeconomic development
that can translate to communities of every size.
There will also be a series of mobile workshops to explore key Detroit sites
and see the work of the doers and dreamers who are redefining
what it means to be a city in today’s global village.
I had a chance to "preview" a 7 minute video snippet entitled "Come Paddle with Us!"
which will be submitted to the Michigan Muncipal League's - Community Excellence Award program
The video is a collaboration of 3 cities - Holly, Fenton and Linden -
and the video is their effort at PlaceMaking.
Mayors and council members from all 3 cities are behind this effort
to showcase their world to the rest of Michigan.
The common thread running thru all three - The Shiawassee River
- http://placemaking.mml.org/ -- https://www.facebook.com/MMLeague
People need to be reminded - the river starts in Oakland County -