This project is a collaboration between the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC), Lawrence Tech University, and several municipalities within the Clinton River watershed. CRWC's WaterTowns program is a community-based initiative designed to help towns and cities in the watershed leverage the assets of Clinton River and Lake St. Clair for water-oriented community development. Click on the embedded links for more information on CRWC and WaterTowns.

In 2014 CRWC partnered with the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute of Lawrence Tech University to provide conceptual green infrastructure plans for downtown and municipal areas of three community partners in close proximity to the Clinton River or its tributaries - Clarkston, Rochester, and Clinton TownshipLawrence Tech and CRWC representatives participated in three meetings per community partner to refine the conceptual plans and make sure the vision met municipal goals. The final meeting was a presentation at an open forum municipal council meeting which included a PowerPoint presentation and two 24” by 36” community vision boards documenting key design components.  

The project continued in 2015 with three new communities in the planning phase: Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights, and Utica. The communities from 2014 are continuing to bring the some of the visions to construction.


Joint Press Release on Project 




Clarkston Green Infrastructure Rendering

Existing Conditions:

Clarkston before


Clarkston After