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. David Marquardt, director of Park and Recreational of City of Grand Rapids welcomed everybody.
Wendy Ogilvie, Environmental Director at the Grand Valley Metro Council started the meeting by discussing clean up events. Students from West Catholic High schools, CA Frost Environmental Science Academy and all other participants were excited for the cleanup event. May 20th is the proposed date for the next clean-up event, and the Kent County Road Commission pledged to donate 50 bags to assist. Participants discussed locations for the cleanup between Alpine Ave. and Walker Ave. NW.
In the last meeting, participants had come up with their own logo ideas which were then submitted to a graphic artist. Samples of the new logos were presented and the committee voted for their favorites. A few more designs, along with the logos that received the most votes, will be presented at the next meeting.
Rajesh Sigdel, a graduate student at GVMC, shared his research projects on Indian Mill Creek. His research found that the macro-invertebrates were fair at Indian Mill Creek, excluding locations downstream of agricultural land. Dan Myers, another graduate student at GVSU, presented his plans for thesis research in the Indian Mill Creek Watershed. His study will use 3D modeling to understand and identify where the sediment in the creek is coming from.
Wendy Ogilvie also announced that GVMC recently received a grant from United States Department of Agriculture to improve the water quality of Indian Mill Creek. She encouraged the Friends of Indian Mill Creek to work together to utilize this great opportunity.