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Job Opening: Stormwater Program Coordinator, Environmental Programs

posted May 24, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog

Job Opportunity: Stormwater Program Coordinator, Environmental Programs

GLRI Awareness Week

posted May 19, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. In 2010, a task force of 16 federal agencies and many of the region's governors released the GLRI Action Plan FY2010-FY2014 (PDF) covering five urgent issues called "focus areas":

1. Cleaning up toxics and areas of concern;
2. Combating invasive species;
3. Promoting nearshore health by protecting watersheds from polluted run-off;
4. Restoring wetlands and other habitats; and
5. Tracking progress, education and working with strategic partners.

Our Goals

Install green infrastructure practices to reduce stormwater runoff volumes
Provide experiential learning opportunities for students - Green Teams: High School students paid to do "green" work during the summer
Enhance community partnerships

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Teen River Rally

posted May 03, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog

River Rally

Hosted by River Network
May 8-11, 2017 | Grand Rapids, Michigan

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River City Water Festival 2017

posted March 27, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog

Watershed Superheros visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum to learn more about their watershed and how they can protect and preserve it. The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) hosted the third annual River City Water Festival at the Museum, Thursday and Friday were open to school groups only, Saturday was open to the public.

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Trout Unlimited's Stream Insect Monitoring Spring 2017 Press Release

posted February 17, 2017 under: Rogue River Blog LGROW News Blog

February 17, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jamie Vaughan Trout Unlimited, Inc. Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project Coordinator 312-391-4760 What’s “bugging” you in our streams? In many cases we think bugs are a nuisance, but bugs in a stream can be very useful. Stream insects are a good measure of water quality. Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. Stream insects can also be easily identified. Trout Unlimited National and Michigan Trout Unlimited will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin - 220 North Monroe Street in Rockford. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader. Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites in the Rogue River watershed. You don’t need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome. What will you need? Please RSVP to Jamie Vaughan at or 312-391-4760...

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Friends of Indian Mill Creek Meeting 2/8/2017

posted February 14, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog Indian Mill Creek Blog

Friends of Indian mill Creek had a meeting on February 8, 2017 at Richmond Park Pavilion from 4.30 to 6 pm. Various topics were discussed, including the Grand Valley State University research on Indian Mill Creek and potential logo designs. Representatives from the City of Walker, City of Grand Rapids, Alpine Township, and several other organizations attended the meeting.

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Flat River Watershed Management Plan Approved!

posted February 13, 2017 under: Flat River Blog LGROW News Blog

The Flat River Watershed Management Plan has been approved. Click here to view.

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2016 State of the Great Lakes Report

posted January 05, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Releases 2016 State of the Great Lakes Report

Annual report features innovations, events, and impacts to the Great Lakes watershed 

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West Michigan Prosperity Alliance Watershed Summary

posted January 03, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog

The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC), in partnership with the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) and the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), submitted a project to the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance (WMPA) proposing the establishment of sustainable financial resources to protect Lake Michigan’s water quality. These partners convened the first West Michigan Watershed Collaborative (WMWC) meeting in June 2015 to explain the goals of the project and gauge interest from watershed partners regarding the development of a regional watershed framework. From that meeting, they drafted the West Michigan Watershed Summary, which provides the basis for a feasibility study of funding models to prepare the development of a sustainable watershed funding strategy. The WMWC serves as a Partnership Advisory Committee that ensures all watersheds' priorities are included in the process. A robust community engagement effort will be necessary to heighten the awareness of the residents and visitors on the importance of existing, functioning land coverage, natural resources, and water quality. The West Michigan Watershed Summary is now available...

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Grand Valley Metro Council Secures Millions of Dollars in Federal Aid for Grand River Watershed

posted January 01, 2017 under: LGROW News Blog Grand Rapids WhiteWater Blog

Grand Valley Metro Council Secures Millions of Dollars in Federal Aid for Grand River Watershed
Funding will address water quality, fish and wildlife habitats and efforts to revitalize a section of the Grand River in Grand Rapids

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