Rivers, creeks and trees
The Huron River is Ann Arbor's most important natural feature. It provides 85% of the city's drinking water, along with valued recreational opportunities and quality of life benefits for residents and visitors alike.
The water resources team works to achieve the city's water quality goals related to source water (surface and ground), drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater.
The City of Ann Arbor has:
Over 540 miles of stormwater conveyance system
Over 23,000 inlets and
Over 43,000 street trees
Over 6,000 park trees
For more information about water quality conditions of Ann Arbor's rivers and creeks:
The urban forest
The urban and community forest provides many environmental, economic and social benefits to the community, including reducing stormwater runoff, improving water and air quality, moderating summer temperatures, lowering utility costs, improving quality of life and beautifying the city. It is estimated that Ann Arbor’s city-managed urban and community forest, which includes trees growing along streets and in mowed areas of parks, provides nearly $4.6 million in benefits each year.
Ann Arbor depends on
stormdrains and sewers, drainage ditches and culverts to keep streets from flooding during storms. Yet, these devices also collect trash and direct polluted, untreated rainwater straight into our rivers and streams.
Help your community by volunteering with the Huron River Watershed Council's
Adopt-A-Stormdrain program to help keep our lakes, rivers, and streams free of runoff pollution.