General News

Natural Shoreline Workshop

The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Presents a Natural Shoreline Workshop: Want a cleaner lake? A shoreline garden reduces nutrients that grow algae. Saturday, April 1, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm   Want a cleaner lake? A shoreline garden reduces nutrients that grow algae. They are easy to install and care for. Learn how at the…
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winter photos muskegon river 2016


The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) Welcomes New Director On behalf of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, I am very pleased to announce that Jon Bumstead has accepted a seat on our board of directors. Mr. Bumstead is a property owner on the Muskegon River and lifelong resident of the watershed. He is passionate about…
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Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

From the desk of…

By Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Certainly, there is nothing new I can tell you about winter in Michigan.  Although the conditions are familiar – temperatures that range between cold and colder, a healthy amount of snowfall and all the rest – individual reactions vary widely. For many, it is the preferred…
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Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, MRWA Board Member & Ferris State University Biology Faculty

INVADING OUR SPACES:  What you need to know about invasive species

By Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, MRWA Board Member & Ferris State University Biology Faculty Too much of something is never a good thing. Invasive species for example, when present in abundance can prevent you from enjoying your favorite outdoor recreational pursuits.  According to the National Invasive Species Council, an invasive species is non-native to an area with the…
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Patricia Ruta-McGhan botanist for the Manistee National Forest

Keeping Dangerous Travelers Out of the Muskegon River Watershed

By Patricia Ruta-McGhan Greetings to all.  My name is Pat Ruta and I am one of two resident botanists in the Manistee National Forest for the US Forest Service. My colleague Carolyn Henne focuses on the northern half of the forest and operates out of the Manistee office while I look after the southern half from…
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NCCISMA Program Coordinator, Vicki Sawicki, demonstrates using the Uprooter tool to remove small black locust trees

CISMA Spells Help with Invasive Species Control

By Vicki Sawicki Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA’s) are your best local resources for advice as well as hands on support in your effort to control invasive species. There are actually two that cover most of the counties in the Muskegon River Watershed: North Country CISMA, (NCCISMA) which covers Missaukee, Wexford, Osceola, Mecosta, Lake…
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treatment of of Phragmites and Purple Loosestrife invasive species in Michigan

Our Approach to Invasive Species

Introduction: In 2015, The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) marked its 45th anniversary as a highly effective regional planning and development agency. WMSRDC currently serves 120 local governments in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties. The Muskegon River watershed has benefitted greatly from their activities, most notably: Over $10 million invested in…
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Dixie Ward - Project Manager for Muskegon River Watershed Assembly MRWA

Wood in Streams Benefits Fish Conservation

By Dixie Ward Environmental scientists define “large woody debris” as trees, logs, rootwads, and large tree branches that fall into streams and interact with the water, sediment or organisms in the stream. It is an important resource for fish and wildlife.  In many watersheds, large woody debris is a main factor controlling the shape of…
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