Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
POD Survey

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Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Northern Michigan contains some of the most important, diverse, and pristine water resources on earth. The Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands provide homes for a plentiful array of wildlife. These waters are a way of life and a cherished vacation destination. The vastness, clarity, and ageless beauty of these waters have the power to lull us into a false sense of security though. These waters seem beyond the reach of time, and out of harm's way. Their inherent fragility is often forgotten.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is here to protect the future of these waters. The rich character of Northern Michigan can be preserved forever, and future generations will appreciate the unspoiled character of the north – a tradition built around our magnificent waters. Founded in 1979, the Watershed Council is the lead organization for water resources protection in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties. Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council speaks for our members, including full-time and seasonal residents, lake associations, and businesses. We work to maintain the environmental integrity and economic and aesthetic values of the Great Lakes, Inland Lakes Rivers and StreamsWetlands and Groundwater.

To learn more about our organization visit the About Us page.

Current Issues and New Releases

Videos PlaylistPOD IconVolunteer Stream MonitoringWalloon Lake Aquatic Vegetation Survey 2013


The Watershed Council has produced a number of short informative videos about our programs, invasive species, and other important issues. Click here to view our playlist of videos.

POD Program

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs contaminating our waters is a growing issue. Click here to learn more, find a POD drop-off box near you, and a list of local collection events.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

Can you identify the bug in the picture above? Volunteers collect specimens like these to determine the health of our rivers and streams. Additional volunteers are needed.

Free Training - May 10, 2014

Walloon Lake Aquatic Vegetation Survey

During the summer and fall of 2013, the Watershed Council conducted a plant survey in Walloon Lake, a 4,620-acre lake located in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. Click here to read the report.

Invasive Species Focus: KNOTWEED

Japanese knotweed and Giant knotweed sightings have caused a flurry of calls to the Watershed Council over the past few weeks. Here is an informational video we put together to help you identify this aggressive invasive species. Additional information about Invasive Knotweed can be found our website.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council • 426 Bay Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
PH: (231) 347-1181 • Fax: (231) 347-5928 • www.watershedcouncil.org
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