On the Water(OTW) is MUCC’s volunteer watershed habitat improvement program. It was launched in the spring of 2019 and is fully funded by the Consumers Energy Foundation. OTW is designed to have a positive impact on freshwater and habitats throughout the state and to connect and engage Michigan residents to their natural resources by highlighting and educating the importance of freshwater.
OTW's 2020 field season is looking a bit different this year. From COVID-19 to the BLM movement we live in very strange and unprecedented times. OTW is continuing to learn to make the future better. But OTW has adapted to these changes and are still striving to make a positive difference.
As of the end of September, over 291 OTW volunteers have removed 3555 pounds of trash and 105 pounds of invasive species! We have also impacted 856 acres of Michigan land. OTW has had an amazing 2020 season so far and we hope to continue to make an impact. MUCC thanks the Consumers Energy Foundation for its dedication to conservation and willingness to reach broad user groups through freshwater cleanups.
On the Water is funded through a Consumers Energy Foundation Planet Grant. And was recently featured as one of their hometown stories! You can read the full article here.
In 2019, On the Water has successfully held eight field events in Michigan. 228 individuals have participated in an OTW event which totals 756.5 volunteer hours, OTW impacted 120 acres, removed 1810 pounds of trash from bodies of water, and removed 1400 pounds of invasive species. The bodies of water that have benefited from these events are the Red Cedar River, Manistee River, Clinton River, Lake Lansing, Flint River, Battle Creek River, Munuscong River, and Shiawassee River State Game Area.
MUCC's On the Water's program is funded by Consumers Energy's Planet Grant.