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GVMC Department of Environmental Programs

Seasonal Newsletter
Fall 2016


You can become a champion of the Watershed!
Become a member of LGROW today.
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R
V I S I T our W E B S I T E

Project Highlights

Green Infrastructure Installation at Fisk Lake and Coldbrook Creek

Volunteers planted approximately 4,365 native plants along ~380 linear feet of shoreline along Fisk Lake and Coldbrook Creek. These native plants can now reclaim the soil and assist in the filtration and infiltration of stormwater. These plants will control erosion of the soil, filter pollutants, protect fish, reduce flooding, and provide suitable wildlife habitat.

Special Thanks to our Volunteers & Contributing Partners:

Plaster Creek Stewards
Blandford Nature Center
Kent Conservation District
Friends of Buck Creek
GVSU Bio Club
Native Plant Guild
Grand Rapids WhiteWater
River City Wild Ones
City of Walker
City of Grand Haven
The Stewardship Network

Read more about this project here


Rogue River Watershed Partners host Tuesday Talks


The Grand River Revitalization & Rapids Restoration Project is an innovative plan to restore the "Rapids" back into the Grand (River). October 25, 2016 Wendy Ogilvie, GVMC - LGROW, joined Matt Chapman, GR Whitewater, and Jay Steffen, City of Grand Rapids to present the information at the Rockford Brewing Company. This presentation showcased the historical uses of the Grand River, the complexities of the project as well as current updates, and the environmental, economic, and social benefits associated.

Public Education

Pinewood Elementary School, Jenison - Mrs. Barr's sixth grade class got an up close look at a couple of the green infrastructure practices in Grand Rapids in preparation for their current project, the restoration of Maplewood Lake in Jenison. The students are competing for a grant from Tom's of Maine that will fund their research and the equipment needed for water quality testing.

Read more here

Watershed and Partner News

Michigan DEQ Release of Final Part of Michigan's Water Strategy

The Office of the Great Lakes recently released the final part of Michigan's Water Strategy, a 30-year vision for ensuring Michigan's water resources support healthy ecosystems, residents, communities and economies.

  1. Ensure safe drinking water by implementing reliable water infrastructure systems to provide high-quality drinking water and optimal treatment of our sewer and storm water.
  2. Achieve a 40% phosphorus reduction in the western Lake Erie basin and therefore reducing harmful algae blooms and improving water quality and ecosystem health.
  3. Prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species and control established populations making restoration of the natural ecosystems possible.
  4. Support investments in commercial and recreational harbors for boaters, anglers, residents, and businesses, supporting Michigan's community and economic development by enhancing existing markets and creating new ones. 
  5. Develop and implement a water trails system that will spur economic development, increase access to natural resources, and benefit local communities.

You can view the full water strategy here

Monarch Migration

Every Fall the Monarch butterfly begin their migration to Mexico. Led by instinct alone they travel thousands of miles South. Not much is known about the annual migration of the Monarch, for instance, how far they travel in a day, or if they intentionally migrate in groups or if it just happens. You can assist in further research by reporting your sightings and learning more about the conservation of Monarchs and their only food source the Milkweed.

Read more here

Monarch Butterfly Migration Map

Click the map to view this years migration and to report your sightings.

Upcoming Events

LGROW Chair Learn to Brew Day - Gravel Bottom Brewery

November 5, 2016   9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

For more details click here

11th Annual Ottawa Co. Water Quality Forum

November 21, 2016   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For more details click here


Watershed & Stormwater Seminar - East Lansing

December 6, 2016   8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

For more details click here


Quiet Water Symposium 2017

March 4, 2017   9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

For more details click here


You can become a champion of the Watershed!
Become a member of LGROW today.

Department of Environmental Programs Welcomes Rachel

Rachel is currently interning with LGROW as their social media/water quality consultant. She graduated from Western Michigan University in spring 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Environmental Science. She is passionate about wildlife and natural resource conservation and educating today's youth to become the environmental stewards of tomorrow.
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