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Through careful planning, the scientific collection and assessment of data, and working side-by side with landowners, local, state, and federal government, NGOs, researchers, residents and other stakeholders, the Ausable River Association's programs identify and address many of the key threats in the watershed. We protect the clean waters, natural hydrology, diverse ecology, and scenic beauty of the Ausable, and we inspire and provide knowledge for others to cherish and protect our watershed. We organize our programs via six overarching goals: 

Clean Water:

Streams, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers capable of supporting a full complement of human and ecosystem needs. We accomplish this through our Water Quality Monitoring program. 

Healthy Streams:

Shaded, cool waters, with ample floodplains and self-regulating flows sustaining ecological diversity and thriving communities. We accomplish this through our Restoration and Climate Ready Culvert programs. 

Biodiverse Habitats:

Habitats and ecosystems fostering native plant and animal species in and alongside streams, lakes, and wetlands. We accomplish this through our River Steward and Environmental-DNA programs. 

Public Enjoyment:

Responsible, low-impact recreational opportunities protective of Ausable waterways and adjacent lands. We accomplish this, in part, through our Watershed Tours and Exploring the Ausable watershed.

Engaged Communities:

Informed residents and visitors caring for the health of the watershed where they live, work, and play. We accomplish this, in part, through our Events and Community Outreach. 

A Voice for the River:

A strong, sustainable Ausable River Association working in partnership to achieve shared goals. Join the Ausable River Association today and help us accomplish this goal. 

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