On the Water(OTW) is MUCC’s volunteer watershed habitat improvement program. It was launched in the spring of 2019 and was fully funded by the Consumers Energy Foundation. While the program did not receive funds for the new 2021 season, MUCC still hosts multiple aquatic habitat improvement events each year under the program.
OTW is designed to have a positive impact on freshwater habitats throughout the state and to connect and engage Michigan residents to their natural resources by sharing the importance of freshwater.
OTW finished its 2020 field season by engaging 451, volunteers that removed 6865 pounds of trash and 110 pounds of invasive species! We have also impacted 1751 acres of Michigan land. OTW had an amazing 2020 season and wants to thank the Consumers Energy Foundation for its dedication to conservation and willingness to reach broad user groups through freshwater clean-ups.
OTW currently has not received funding for the 2021 field season and will be coming to an end this December. Over the last two field seasons, OTW has engaged over 650 volunteers, cleaned up 1872 acres of watersheds, removed 8665 pounds of trash and 1510 pounds of invasive species. The OTW program will be leaving behind a positive and everlasting impact on the watersheds and communities throughout the state of Michigan. The environment and natural resources of Michigan will still have long-term ecological benefits from the completion of this project and the overall program. OTW hopes to receive funding and continue on this amazing legacy for MUCC and for the state of Michigan.