Learn more about the Friends

In 1996, the Friends of the Shiawassee River was founded by a group of individuals who wanted to continue the work of Owosso resident, Jim Miner. In the 1970's, Miner organized some of the first volunteer river clean-up events in Owosso. These events inspired a generation of river stewards, and ultimately the formation of the Friends.

Our Mission

  • The mission of the Friends of the Shiawassee River is to Care, by maintaining and improving the health of the river; Share, by enhancing the community's appreciation and knowledge of the river; and Enjoy, by increasing recreational access and responsible use of the river. 

    What do we do? 

    • We host annual River Clean-Up events, in which community volunteers and members remove trash and debris found in and along the river
    • We organize river workdays that specifically focus on the removal of invasive species that pose a threat to the river's ecosystem. 
    • We encourage reforestation of the Shiawassee riverbanks by increasing the amount of vegetation buffers along streams and ditches through community tree planting events. The increased vegetation along the river helped reduce sedimentation and nutrient loss, thereby improving water quality in the river. 
    • We share our appreciation and enjoyment of the Shiawassee River with members of the community through FUN-d raising activities, like our Annual Wine-Tasting event and Pestival. 
    • We partner with other organizations working to protect the environment and engage in projects that support the health of the Shiawassee River Watershed.

As part of our organization's mission to help Care for, Share, and Enjoy the Shiawassee River, we strive to provide educational resources and activities related to watershed conservation. If you can't find the information you're looking for, please send us an email to make a suggestion!


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