General News

Early Indicators

Don Henning Editor, MRWA Riverview When the osprey return to their nest high above the campus of Ferris State College, it is a pretty reliable indication that spring is near. For generations of Tiger fans however, the true sign of spring, the one that you could really trust was the voice of legendary announcer Ernie…
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Right Person, Right Job

Over our history as an organization, we have been fortunate to attract highly capable individuals to lead the MRWA, which largely explains our reputation for positive environmental impact. Quality leadership has made it possible to achieve tangible results. Our new executive director continues that trend and has already had a positive impact on the organization….
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Sturgeon United

Sturgeon: Bringing us together again By: Marty Holtgren Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Sturgeon have always brought people together. For thousands of years they have spawned, hatched and been nurtured in tributaries to the Great Lakes and people have always awaited their return. In Port Huron, on February 21st and 22nd, another sturgeon gathering…
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Local CISMAs are Here to Help with Invasive Species Control

By: Vicki Sawicki Program Coordinator NCCISMA Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) are regional organizations that facilitate and assist with invasive species management among a variety of partners, ranging from private property owners and neighborhood associations to corporations, such as utility companies, and branches of government. Most of the counties in the Muskegon River Watershed…
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Looking Back

By: Wayne Groesbeck, Vice Chair MRWA As a founding member of the MRWA, I thought it would be fitting to write something about my perspective of our twenty-year anniversary. Our major successes are widely known: the Hersey Dam removal, the voyage of discovery and the recent sturgeon rescue. Many are also familiar with our ongoing…
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Citizen Scientists Apply Here

A citizen science project is real scientific research conducted by people like you and me. If you decide to participate, you can contribute to our understanding of the Muskegon River Watershed and allow us to takes steps to preserve and restore our valuable resource. No advanced degree is required, and you can do it in…
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Winter in the Watershed

Don Henning Editor, Riverview   “What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness” John Steinbeck “Winter has come.” Jon Snow Hard to argue with that but at the end of the day, how you feel about the season really is a matter of perspective. Although the conditions…
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Winter Steelhead Fishing—A Great Way to Enjoy the Muskegon!

Kevin Feenstra Feenstra Guide Service 231 652 3528 It was an extremely cold day today, and I left the house thinking that I would go out to the Muskegon River and do some steelhead fishing. I covered myself with multiple layers, becoming a human onion in a pair of waders. Unfortunately, my truck battery was…
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The Problems with “Asian Carp”

By Garrett Stack Asian carp are among the most high profile invasive species in America. In part, this is due to their rapid spread through American waterways. Brought to the U.S. to clean Southern fish farms, these bottom feeders gained access to major waterways when the ponds flooded their banks. Asian carp have since made…
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Magic of the Snow

Miraculous Snow and the Muskegon River By Marilyn Keigley After studying and photographing snow crystals for six years, it is a wonder anyone could grow up in Michigan without noticing the hundreds of designs. Do you recall the one license plate we all bought from 1965-1967— “Water-Winter Wonderland?” We still experience our winter wonderland and…
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