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Rebecca Esselman

Watershed Planner

I manage climate adaptation work for the Huron River Watershed Council -- a 13 person organziation established in 1965 to protect the Huron River in Southeast Michigan.  We work with the many municipalities throughout the watershed to determine and implement climate adaptation strategies pertaining to water resources.

Resources:

Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Forestry
Water Resources

Building Capacity for Climate-Resilient Communities and Water Conservation in the Huron River Watershed

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Case Study
Adaptation Phase: 
Awareness
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Summary: 

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is a nonprofit based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that works to protect and sustain the natural resources and human communities in the Huron River watershed.

Preparing the Huron River for Climate Change

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Education / Outreach
Policy
Water Resources
Summary: 

Rising air temperatures and more frequent and extreme rainfall events compound existing threats to aquatic systems in urban and suburban settings. These changes threaten to push Michigan’s Huron River outside of the range of conditions within which the system can support healthy biological communities indicative of a functioning ecosystem.