Welcome to City of Hazel Park’s
Watershed Web page
This web page has been created so residents and other visitors can learn more about, “What is a Watershed”, and why doing our part to protect it can create such benefits to everyone living in Michigan.
The City of Hazel Park, with many other communities and organizations, continue to support protecting Michigan’s Watershed and we need the help of every resident to help with this effort!
What is a Watershed?
A “Watershed” is another word for a River Basin. Its an area of land that drains into a common body of water. Streams, Rivers, and Lakes are Watersheds. The City of Hazel Park connects to what is known as the “Red Run Watershed”.
How is the City of Hazel Park connected to the Watershed?
This is done through the city’s storm sewer system. The city’s storm sewer system consists of street drains and miles of underground pipes (of all different sizes) that take away rain water, melting snow, or other natural water drainage to what is known as the “Waters of the State” or simply, the “Great Lakes”.
Over 2/3 of the city’s storm water sewer system goes directly into the Red Run Watershed, from there it travels into Lake St. Clair which is part of the Great Lakes System.
No where in the United States is such a span of fresh water resources for so many activities we enjoy year round. Boating, fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, snowmobiling are just some of the activities we enjoy because of this vast available natural resource. This natural resource is also our main source for our drinking water.
We must remember, this natural resource is fragile and we need to do what we can to protect it.
How can the city and its residents help protect the watershed?
Very Simple...Be careful of what you leave on the ground...anything left behind could be washed into a city drain, then its on its way to the lake. So remember...
“If you drop it, pick it up.
If you spill it or if it drips, soak it up.
If it can be swept, sweep it up.
Even if you didn’t put it there, please pick it up.”
We have to work together to be successful!
The city also works closely with many other organizations.
Each organization is unique, performs many different services, and comes together for the same goals.
Please visit any of their web sites for further information, seminars, workshops, or volunteering.
Clinton River Watershed Council
The mission of the Clinton River Watershed Council is to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair. Improve health of the Clinton River, assuring that it’s natural, economic, and recreational values enhances the quality of life to those who live, work, and play in the Clinton River Watershed and Lake St. Clair.
This organization continues to be a valuable partner in watershed protection for all communities, their dedication is unparallel. Visit their web site to learn more about the CRWC, the many activities they have, and volunteer opportunities.
Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority
This organization has great information and tips on Healthy Lawn Care, Composting, Rain Barrels for water conservation, and many seminars/workshops to help give you hands on training on many yard activities around your home or neighborhood. Visit their web site to learn more about SOCWA and the many activities offered.
Water Resources Commissioner (of Oakland County)
This Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, has the responsibility of planning, developing and maintaining designated surface water drainage systems in Oakland County under Michigan State law, known as Drain Code, Act 40 of 1956
(and has other statutory duties as Agent for the county). Visit their web site to find information about the WRC and education materials of the county’s drain system.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
The MDEQ is one of the state’s governing authorities on quality issues of land, air, and water. This agency is dedicated to protecting Michigan through constant monitoring of activities performed throughout the state. Visit their web site to learn more about the MDEQ and the vast amount of information regarding Environmental Quality.
Department of Natural Resources (Michigan)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Visit their web site to learn more about the DNR efforts, seminars, & volunteer activities.
Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments
SEMCOG was established in 1968 as a regional planning partnership in Southeast Michigan. SEMCOG supports local planning through its technical, data, and intergovernmental resources. SEMCOG's plans improve the quality of the region's water, make the transportation system safe and more efficient, revitalize communities, and spur economic development. Visit their web site to learn more about SEMCOG.