Submittted by Luke Freeman, Au Gres-Sims High School
As the first community to sign the Lake Huron Forever Pledge, Au Gres is committed to protecting our Michigan waterways. Au Gres-Sims School District, the City of Au Gres Department of Public Works, Huron Pines, and a host of other organizations have teamed up to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater runoff. Using native Michigan plants, a series of 4 green infrastructure installations have been placed at key locations throughout Au Gres to capture stormwater pollutants before they reach the Au Gres River, which drains into Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. Au Gres-Sims High School environmental science students are also conducting research in the school greenhouse, growing native Michigan plants to promote the use of native plants as a low cost, high impact landscaping option.
Using green infrastructure is a low cost, eco-friendly method to capture stormwater runoff pollutants. In an effort to promote environmental stewardship, we hope to serve as a model for other communities and schools, as we all work together to protect our waterways.