Clinton River Watershed Council

Clinton River Watershed Council


The Clinton River Watershed, located in southeast Michigan, covers 760 square miles and includes over 1,000 miles of streams in addition to the 80-mile-long main branch.  More than 1.4 million people in over 60 municipalities inhabit the watershed. Land use within the watershed is varied: the southern portion is urban, the middle section is made up of rapidly-developing suburbs, and the northern region is rural.  Approximately 98% of the land area within the City of Pontiac is located within the Clinton River Watershed. The remaining 2% represents several small sections of Pontiac that are located in the extreme south side of the city that drain into the Rouge River Watershed. The city drains into these watersheds through storm drains and waste water treatment plants.

beaudetteparkWhile live fish couldn't be found from Pontiac to the mouth of the Clinton in the 1960s, a large, varied fishery exists today. Many people enjoy canoeing, fishing, boating and riverfront parks throughout the watershed.

The watershed, which drains urban southern Oakland and Macomb counties, is listed as one of the 42 Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes. Thanks to management efforts by lake associations, local government and the Clinton River Watershed Council have helped reduce non point source pollution within the watershed.

This page is dedicated to making the public aware of its role and the city's role in keeping the Clinton River a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Keep checking for informational reports and special events.


Workshops/Meetings Scheduled



clintonlogolarge Click here to go to the Clinton River Watershed Council webpage
Click here to go to the Clinton River Watershed Council's Calendar of Events
Click here for tips on hiring a lawn care service
Click here to watch videos on how to protect the Clinton River Watershed



As part of the Public Participation Plan (PPP) of the Stormwater Management Program, the Clinton River Watershed Council needs your input.

Click here to take the online survey or Click here to download the survey to complete and mail.

Otto the Otter in: "Otto's Great Watershed Rescue"

ottotheotterThe City of Pontiac is proud to support the Clinton River Watershed Council in its efforts to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Pontiac Creek Watershed, a tributary to the Clinton River Watershed. Our new mascot, Otto the River Otter, teaches children important lessons about identifying sources of pollution and demonstrates how they can be good stewards of our local rivers, streams, and lakes. We’ve developed a fun and informative video game that not only entertains, but also educates. Click on the link below to help Otto battle polluting monsters, pick up trash, and score points for the environment! We all need to do everything we can to keep the watershed clean.  This program was funded by a grant through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE)

Click here to play the game | Click here to read the press release