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Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds

Seasonal Newsletter
Fall 2020

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The pandemic can't hold us back! This was a busy year for our LGROW staff from plantings to monitoring we have been all over the watershed! Please enjoy our Covid-19 pandemic video and don't forget to stay safe and mask up!

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Public Education

This fall, LGROW planted the first 32 trees and 4,000 native plants of our Grand River Green Schools program. Funded through a grant from the US Forest Service and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, this project works to plant trees and install green infrastructure on school campuses to reduce stormwater runoff. It also provides training to school staff on the importance and maintenance of green infrastructure. Fall plantings took place at East Elementary in Grandville and at the Kent ISD main campus, and the project will last through 2021. Over the course of the project we will plant a total of 300 trees, 2 rain gardens, and 2 native plant swales.

Read more about our project at the Kent Intermediate School District here

Schooley Drain Tree Planting

The Kent County Drain Office invited LGROW to assist in a tree planting project along a drain upstream of the Plaster Creek in Caledonia. Together, we planted 220 trees along the drain which is surrounded by agricultural fields. As these trees mature they will stabilize the soil and banks of the drain, decrease the amount of sediment and agricultural runoff going into the drain, and will cool the water flowing through the drain.

This project is funded in part by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant through the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and the US EPA.

Upcoming Events

Barry Conservation District Spring Tree Sale

April 30 - May 1

For more information click here


Grand River Spring Forum

June 10 - June 20

For more information click here

Clean Boats Clean Waters AIS Awareness Events

TBA, Summer 2021

For more information click here

Volunteers Wanted!

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LGROW Spotlight

We would like to congratulate Josh Arnold for his award of the Grand Valley State University's Graduate Dean’s Citation for Service to the Community or Profession for his commitment to his research in translocation of freshwater mussels, contributions to river conservation, outstanding coursework, and his involvement in community outreach and education while at LGROW and GVSU. 

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