Get Involved in AOC Restoration

A woman in rain boots cleans up a river, tossing trash in to a bagPublic involvement is essential to cleaning up Michigan's Areas of Concern, which are waters recovering from environmental impacts. Each AOC has a Public Advisory Council, a group of community members that provide local expertise and participate in volunteer activities.

A Statewide Public Advisory Council is made up of members representing each of Michigan's 14 Area's of Concern. The Statewide Public Advisory Council shares information and ideas with other AOC communities.

Local public advisory councils are key to restoring Michigan's water resources, and anyone can join.  

Learn about each Area of Concern and connect with its state Coordinator in the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes:

Area of Concern Staff Member Phone Number Email Address
Rouge River
Clinton River
Jennifer Tewkesbury
AOC Coordinator
Kalamazoo River
Manistique River
Saginaw River/Bay
St. Marys River
White Lake (delisted)


John Riley
AOC Coordinator
St. Clair River
River Raisin
Detroit River
Melanie Foose
AOC Coordinator
Menominee River
Muskegon Lake
Deer Lake (delisted)
Stephanie Swart
AOC Coordinator
Torch Lake Rick Hobrla
AOC Program Manager