Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
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Welcome to
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.

Celebrating 35 Years of protecting Northern Michigan's waters.

This year marks the Watershed Council's 35th Anniversary. In preparation for our Annual Meeting that was held on July 10, 2014 we prepared a short video that illustrates our history of significant successes. We hope you enjoy the walk down memory lane (and the fun bloopers at the end).

Current Issues and New Releases



Videos PlaylistPOD IconNorthern Michigan Pipeline SymposiumWalloon Lake Aquatic Vegetation Survey 2013

Videos

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.

Northern Michigan Pipeline Symposium

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 view the report.

SPECIAL ALERT

Beware of Meth Lab Waste

According to local authorities, the number of mobile meth labs being found in our area has increased. The hazardous waste produced by "cooking" meth is usually left abandoned along roadside ditches and near rivers. It usually looks like normal trash, but due to the chemicals used in making meth, it can be extremely dangerous if opened or prodded. This poses a threat to our volunteers that participate in shoreline and streambank cleanups and monitoring and research projects.

In an effort to keep our community safe we have developed this short one page flyer to help you identify meth lab waste and what you should do if you suspect you have found meth lab waste.

Please feel free to share this important information with your family members and friends. Let's keep everyone that enjoys our water resources safe.

Download our Meth Lab Waste Flyer






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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