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Press Release
November 15, 2016

Regional Water Trail Summit

The Saginaw Bay Resource, Conservation, and Development Area is proud to announce that we have received initial funding to hold a Saginaw Bay watershed wide Regional Water Trail Summit. This project has been made possible by a grant through the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN). WIN is a volunteer organization that focuses on opportunities to better link the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of Saginaw Bay communities in order to sustain and improve the region’s quality of life.

Eleven area foundations and corporations work together as a network to support WIN projects. This Funders Network includes: Bay Area Community Foundation, Consumers Energy Foundation, Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation, Midland Area Community Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, Saginaw Community Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, The S.C. Johnson Fund, the Cook Family Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Saginaw Bay Foundation. More information about WIN is available on its website at

The result of this project will be to hold a Regional Water Trail Summit. This will be a day-long event where water trail groups from within the watershed will come together to identify common issues that each group face and develop region-wide protocols to help diminish these issues within our watershed. This summit will help to enhance the coordination of the restoration and conservation activities that are going on in our watershed to achieve greater outcomes and create a sense of unity in our region.

The Regional Water Trail Summit is tentatively scheduled for March 31st, 2017. Location and more details are to-be-determined. To learn more visit our website at or Thanks again to WIN for this great opportunity.

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The Saginaw Bay RC&D (Resource, Conservation and Development) is located in the middle eastern part of lower Michigan. The counties in which we cover are: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Livingston, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, and Tuscola.

RC&D is an exciting local nonprofit organization led by local community leaders.


Our Mission is to provide technical advice and leadership to community partners to help them meet conservation and development goals. The purpose of the RC&D program is to encourage and improve the capability of volunteer, locally elected, civic leaders in designated areas to plan and carry out projects for resource conservation and community development. Within project areas, several counties and conservation districts work as a team to improve the social, economic, and environmental opportunities for citizens of the area. Generally, projects are related to four areas: Land Conservation, Community Development, Land Management, and Water Management.

Our Vision is Recreation through Conservation. To enhance quality of life in the Saginaw Bay Watershed by maintaining a sustainable natural resource base for future generation.

The RC&D helps people care for natural resources and improve the quality of life in their communities. The RC&D Council (volunteers representing public and private sector sponsors and other local organizations) undertake community driven actions that are strategically focused on regional resource conservation and economic viability. RC&D priorities are set by area residents to meet their needs.

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