Resolution to Accept the Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan from the Environmental Commission and 30 Consensus Recommendations
Attached for your approval is a resolution to accept the Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan developed and approved by Environmental Commission.
The Huron River is a significant natural feature in the City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor community has shown high interest in the Huron River watershed by their support of studies and planning in the watershed and use of the Huron River. Because there was no comprehensive plan for managing the river, the Environmental Commission created the Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan Committee in 2006 to develop a plan for managing the Huron River in Ann Arbor. The Huron River and Impoundment Management Plan (Plan) is the result of two years of information gathering, expert input and public engagement.
The vision for the Huron River in Ann Arbor as stated in the Plan is as follows:
? A healthy Huron River ecosystem that provides a diverse set of ecosystem services.
? A swimmable, fishable and boatable river, including both free-flowing and impounded segments, which is celebrated as Ann Arbor’s most important natural feature and contributes to the vibrancy of life in the city.
? The river and its publicly owned shoreline and riparian areas create a blue and green corridor across the city that contains restored natural areas and adequate, well-sited public trails and access.
? Ample drinking water, effective wastewater removal and a full range of high quality passive and active recreation and education opportunities provided to the citizens of Ann Arbor.
? Ongoing public engagement in the river’s management, leading to greater stewardship and reduced conflict among users.
? An approach to management that creates a model that other communities upstream and downstream emulate.
This vision and the Plan recognize that the Huron River in Ann Arbor is highly use...Click here for full text