The practice of river stewardship includes activities such as:
Shiawassee River Stewardship Day:The Shiawassee River stewardship day is an annual event organized by the FOSR where members and community volunteers come together to remove garbage and debris found along the banks of the river and adjacent parks. This event is the cleaning of dry land only were as the Fall river cleanup includes the cleaning of the full river.
Fall river clean up:The Fall river clean up is an annual event organized by the FOSR where members and community volunteers come together to remove garbage and debris found in and along the river.
Invasive species removal workdays:The workdays held by the FOSR are also volunteered based and they focus on the removal of invasive species that pose a threat to the river and its natural ecosystems. A common invasive species that is found in the Shiawassee is a plant called a Garlic Mustard.
Pestival:Annual evening of fun, food, community fellowship and a chance to learn more about the river.
The purpose of these events are to help maintain, conserve and improve the quality of the Shiawassee River and watershed. For specific information about this years river stewardship activities, please click on the above links.
* Wine Tasting Fundraiser The wine tasting fundraiser is a favorite event among members and volunteers! It is an evening full of fun,food, music and most importantly, tons of wine! This event would not be possible without the contributions of local vendors such as Vg's, Eddie O' Flynn's and others who donate food, wine and sponsor a silent auction. The annual event is an important fundraiser for the FOSR program. For information about this years fundraiser please click on the above link. * Reforestation The Friends reforestation efforts include hosting annual tree planting event with the purpose to improve and increase the vegetation along the Shiawassee River. Increased vegetation along the banks of the river creates a buffer zone which helps protect the Shiawassee form harmful sediments and contaminates that come from the city of Owosso. Without this protection, pollutants from urban Owosso are able to run directly into the river. Click on the above link to learn more about this years reforestation activities.