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Watershed Information


Watershed Information

 Riverview as a member of the Alliance of Downriver Watershed (ADW) has been formally and informally working together for several years to manage the area’s water resources on a local and watershed basis to comply with federal regulations regarding the discharge of storm water.

The City along with the other entities within the Combined Downriver Watershed applied for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage under Michigan’s Phase II Storm Water regulations. These regulations require certain “small” municipal separate storm sewer system entities to obtain a storm water permit. An initial requirement of the permit was the development of a comprehensive Watershed Management Plan.

For information about the ADW and to view the Combined Downriver Storm Water Management Plan please visit:

For our Drinking water quality reports go to drinking water quality

Seven (7) simple steps to protect our lakes & streams
1. Help keep pollution out of storm drains. Storm drains lead directly to our lakes and streams. Never dump oil, pet waste, leaves, dirty water, or anything down a storm drain. Remember, only rain in the drain.

2. Fertilize caringly and sparingly. Excess fertilizer that gets into storm drains pollutes our lakes by causing large algae blooms and using up oxygen fish need to survive. Sweep excess fertilizer back onto your lawn, use a low or no phosphorus fertilizer, and have your soil tested to see what, if any, fertilizer is needed.

3. Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil. Instead of putting hazardous products like antifreeze, motor oil, and pesticides in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to a local hazardous waste collection day.

4. Clean up after your pet. Whether on a walk or in your yard, promptly clean up after your pet. Not only will be you a good neighbour, you will also protect our water from harmful bacteria.

5. Practice good car care. Consider taking your car to a car wash or washing your car on the grass. 

6. Choose earth friendly landscaping. Protect your pets, kids, and the environment by using pesticides sparingly. Also, water your lawn only when it needs it and choose plants native to Michigan.

7. Save water. Over watering our lawns can easily carry pollution to the storm drains and to our lakes and streams. Consider using a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways. Direct hoses and sprinklers on the lawn, not the driveway. This will help save our lakes and streams and save you money.

Storm drains found in our streets and yards empty into our lakes and rivers. When we fertilize our lawn we could also be fertilizing our lakes and rivers. While fertilizer is good for our lawn, it’s bad for our water. Fertilizer in our lakes and rivers causes algae to grow. Algae can form large blooms and use oxygen that fish need to survive. With 1.5 million homes in Southeast Michigan, all of us need to be aware of the cumulative effects of our lawn care practices.

For more information on activities related to the watersheds and their impact to surrounding communities, please visit:
Combined Downriver Watershed Management plan

Riverview Riparian Buffer project profile information guide

Alliance of DownRiver Watersheds (ADW)

After the Storm - a Citizen's Guide to Understanding Stormwater

What you can Do to Protect Water Quality(It's in our Hands - Video) 

SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Goverments)

The Wayne County 24-Hour Environmental Hotline:

Riverview's YouTube channel