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The Ripple Effect; how local action can protect the Shiawassee River Watershed 

The diverse characteristics of the watershed  - be it urban or rural, agricultural or wild wetlands - result in differing climate challenges. Learn  about the ways in which local action can help to mitigate the impacts  of climate change. 

Learn more below!


The impacts of climate change manifest in the Shiawassee River in two significant ways:

1) extreme storm events that cause a rapid rise in water volume and levels in the Shiawassee River and its tributaries, many of which are managed as county drains. 

2) summer droughts that lower water levels and present a stress to aquatic life and a challenge to recreational users of the river.  

Populations within the Shiawassee River Watershed experience climate change in various ways, requiring differing responses. This page, dedicated to climate awareness information, is organized into three, major stakeholder groups: Agriculture, Recreation and Municipalities. Despite the varying perspectives represented by these groups, all stakeholders can identify with the Shiawassee River, a defining aspect of place.  

We invite you to explore our page, where we share longitudinal data collected by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, as well as links to science-based websites and articles - all designed to address your curiosity about climate change and what steps we might take on a local level to protect the Shiawassee River watershed.


The Ripple Effect Video Series 

How Local Action Can Protect The Shiawassee River Watershed






Additional Resources

Recreation & Riparian Landowners

Here you can learn more about actions you can take as a recreationsist or a riparian landowner.


Agriculture Community


Here you can learn information of particular interest to landowners, including how farmers are using climate change mitigation strategies.


Local Government

Here you can learn more about what's being done by municipalities to adapt to a changing climate and how you can be part of the solutions.





The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) Program, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has awarded the Friends funding to help them build a knowledge base and share practical information with those impacted by changing water levels resulting from increased storm events and droughts. 

Contact Us:

Phone: (989) 723-9062
Email: info@shiawasseeriver.org

Mailing Address:

Friends of the Shiawassee River
PO Box 402
Owosso, MI  48867

Office Address:

Friends of the Shiawassee River
538 N Shiawassee Street
Corunna, MI  48817

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