Working to protect & restore the Upper Grand River, its lakes, streams, wetlands, and communities.

Spanning hundreds of miles, the Grand River and its tributaries are an important resource for the fish and wildlife who call it home, and for the approximately 1.5 million people who live within its watershed.  Not only is the Upper Grand River Watershed vital to the survival of many, it is becoming a popular spot to canoe and kayak. The Watershed Alliance is working to create Michigan's longest paddle trail linking the headwaters to Lake Michigan.

The Watershed

Stonefly Hunters

Water Trails

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature or paddle through town to your favorite restaurant or pub; the Upper Grand River Water Trail offers more than 90 miles of lakes and streams accessible by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

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The Watershed Alliance and its partners work in a variety of ways to both study and protect the river and its watershed. Volunteers are an important part of that effort. Join us: get your hands (a little) dirty, have fun, and make a big difference.

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Make A Difference

You can join us in our program work, but there are also many ways to make a difference in your home and your community. Join your neighbors to protect clean water and healthy communities for all of us.

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Get Involved

Adopt-A-Stream/Citizen Science

Learn more about the watershed you live in: help us monitor the life and water quality of a stream near you. This is like a science project for adults! Learn more >

River Clean-Ups

Our partner, the Grand River Environmental Action Team (GREAT) provides the kayaks and the lunch. You provide the enthusiasm and muscle to help keep the Grand River and its watershed clean.  Join us in GREAT's Annual River Clean-Up!! Learn more >

Invasive Species Program

The Watershed Alliance works with the Jackson County Conservation District (JCCD) to prevent, detect, control, and eradicate invasive species in Jackson, Lenawee, and Washtenaw counties.  Learn how you can help. Learn more >