Contact us…

1300 Bluff Street
Suite 114
Flint, MI 48504
Ph: 810.767.6490

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Our programs provide you a safe and enjoyable way to get out, get wet, and learn how you can partner with us to protect, preserve, and improve this wonderful resource that runs through your community.

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Flint River Paddles

Flint River Green

Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis of Benthic Macroinvertebrate

Stewardship Day

Community Engagement and Planning in Thread Lake & Flint Park Lake

ELUCID Mapping and Decision Support Tool

Storm Drain Stenciling Volunteer Program




The Flint River Watershed Coatlition is very grateful to all our sponsors and partners for their generous support.



 Jeff Wright, Drain Commissioner

About Us

Flint River Watershed Coalition Mission

Partnering to Protect, Promote, and Improve the Flint River Watershed. The Flint River Watershed is increasingly healthy and strong, and offers many recreational, educational, and environmental opportunities.  As the leading community-based advocate for clean water resources, the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) promotes efforts to protect, promote, and improve our area’s ecosystem through partnership, public education, scientific projects, and community involvement.

We are an organization representing individuals, businesses, community organizations, and local unites of government sharing a vision of a healthier Flint River Watershed. We envision a day when the future of our drinking water is secure and the integrity of the Flint River is protected. We believe that all people should have access to the river for recreation, swimming, and fishing as well as the economic value it provides to our communities.

The FRWC was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in August of 1998.

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FRWC Publications

spring 2019 newsletter

2019 Spring/Summer Watershed Reporter

2018 Annual Report

2018 FRWC Annual Report


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What is Watershed anyway?

Good Question!  Let us show you!

Flint River Watershed: The Heart of Michigan

The Flint River Watershed is more than 1,358 square miles and encompasses portions of 7 counties, 20 cities & villages, and 58 townships. The Watershed drains this large land area through the Flint River and all the tributaries of the Flint. It includes most of Genesee and Lapeer Counties, and parts of Shiawassee, Oakland, Tuscola, Sanilac and Saginaw Counties. The Native American name for this river was Pewonigowink, meaning “river of fire stone”. The Flint River is 78.3-mile-long and is formed in Lapeer County near Columbiaville where the river’s South Branch and North Branch come together. The river is supplemented by four major creeks, the Kearsley (draining the south and central portions of the east side of Genesee County), Thread (draining the south central part of the county), Swartz (draining the Swartz Creek area), and Misteguay (draining the area near the northern section of the border of Genesee and Shiawassee counties). The river empties into the Shiawassee River in the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge near the city of Saginaw. Within the refuge, the Cass and Tittabawassee rivers combine with the Shiawassee to form the Saginaw River. The Saginaw empties into the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. The Flint RIver Watershed is a sub-watershed of the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

A watershed is an area of land which drains into a particular body of water. Just as when you pour water in a bathtub, it all ends up in the drain, when it rains on the surface, that water flows to a particular body of water. That water can flow both above the ground through lakes, streams, and wetlands, or below the ground through groundwater and springs.





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  • Cities
    • Flint
    • Flushing
    • Grand Blanc
    • Lennon
    • Goodrich
    • Ortonville
    • Davison
    • Otisville
    • Mount Morris
    • Montrose
    • Birch Run
    • New Lothrop
    • Swartz Creek
    • Otter Lake
    • Columbiaville
    • Clifford
    • North Branch
    • Lapeer
    • Metamora
  • Townships
    • Flint
    • Flushing
    • Grand Blanc
    • Fenton
    • Holly
    • Argentine
    • Gaines
    • Clayton
    • Groveland
    • Brandon
    • Atlas
    • Davison
    • Burton
    • Richfield
    • Genesee
    • Forest
    • Vienna
    • Mount Morris
    • Montrose
    • Albee
    • Hazelton
    • Venice
    • Caledonia
    • New Haven
    • Maple Grove
    • Spaulding
    • Taymouth
    • Birch Run
    • Thetford
    • Millington
    • Watertown
    • Marathon
    • Oregon
    • Mayfield
    • Burlington
    • Koylton
    • Dayton
    • Freemont
    • Marlette
    • Burnside
    • Goodland
    • Arcadia
    • Attica
    • Drydon
    • Addision
    • Metamora
    • Hadley
    • Oxford
    • Brandon
    • Independence
    • Springfield
    • Rose



Partners & Other Links

Board of Directors

The composition of the FRWC Board of Directors reflects the collaborative nature of the organization. Founded in 1997, the FRWC is an alliance between educational institutions, local government, local business, environmental groups, and concerned citizens who feel strongly that the Flint River and its tributaries are a vital resource we all need to protect from pollution. The Board meets the third Friday of every month. Board meetings are open to members of the FRWC. To attend an upcoming meeting, contact Edie Westhoff.

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