Mission: Improve and maintain environmental quality of the watershed through environmental education, collaborative problem solving and fostering cooperative interrelations between participants in programs and activities.
Programs: Flint river green - flint river green is a partnership between the frw, earthforce,the genesee intermediate school district, the lapeer intermediate school district and genesee county drain commissioner. It is an applied curriculum for middle and high school students, focusing on developing environmental awareness and stewardship through a combination of field and classroom sessions. Protecting our water resources is a valuable learning experience for students, and flint river green is an effective means or turning today's students into tomorrow's environmental stewards.
flint river and community cleanup - the flint river and community cleanup is an annual event that is in its twelth year. The purpose of the cleanup is to organize volunteers in genesee and lapeer counties to clean selcted sites on the flint river in order to improve the appearance and the ecology of the watershed. There are typically 200 to 300 volunteers in this one day annual effort in genesee and lapeer counties.
river monitoring and improvement projects - acting in a support role, the flint river watershed coalition provides staff assistance, promotional materials and educational information. Projects are designed to identify threats to water quality in a specific section of the watershed and to create a regional vision for the watershed as a whole. The flint river watershed coalition also provides general guidance related to river cleanup, benthic monitoring, and recreational activities on the flint river.
other program service expenses including local chapters
At the FRWC's annual luncheon earlier this year, both myself and a number of people I know filled out cards to become involved with the organization. Two months later, not a single one of us has heard back. If this organization is concerned about both membership and community awareness, I'd begin looking here.
I have enjoyed being a member the past year. I like the educational efforts being offered to the community. The one I have enjoyed the most and that has the most potential is the FRWC-sponsored Flint River "floats" where non-members and members can interact in the watershed and learn more about the amazing resources they may not even know exist in their back yard + meet very committed environmental stewards!