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Michigan State University Extension is offering several opportunities for you to expand your lake and stream knowledge and skills in 2017

Michigan State University Extension is offering several opportunities for you to expand your lake and stream knowledge and skills in 2017. See below for two upcoming programs, and follow the links for more details. 2017 Lake and Stream Leaders Institute ( Become an effective steward of water resources in Michigan. Classroom and field sessions will…
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MRWA Partner named Roscommon County’s “Person of the Year”

The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly has partnered on many valuable projects with the Higgins Lake Foundation. We are proud to share the news that the Higgins Lake Foundation Chair, Vicki Springstead, was selected by the Roscommon County Commissioners as “Roscommon County Person of the Year.” The award was presented on Thursday, December 22 at the…
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Toxic Free, You & Me!

The Great Lakes Mercury Collection Program is providing FREE mercury collection services to Michigan areas and business sites. EXAMPLES OF SOME COMMON ITEMS THAT CONTAIN MERCURY: • Thermostats: non-electronic • Thermometers: silver-colored liquid inside • Gauges: barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges with silver colored liquid • Switches, Relays and Sensors: appliances, farm equipment,…
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Muskegon River Autumn 2016 Photos

Love the Muskegon! What a difference a week makes, from Saturday October 22…to the first snow fall of the season on the Muskegon, October 26 (photos courtesy of Julia Kirkwood).  

Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

Fall Newsletter – Intro

by Julie Chamberlain Executive Director of Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Those of us who reside in Western Michigan enjoy abundant natural beauty throughout the year but for many the autumn season is the most spectacular.  Fall colors in our state are legendary with breathtaking scenery around very bend in the road. For my staff and…
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A Final Word

By Greg Mund For most people I know, saying goodbye is a difficult thing to do. And after 20 years of involvement with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, the decision to step back from my responsibilities as board chair came only after a great deal of reflection and soul searching.  In the end, it was…
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Conservation and watershed groups learn stream monitoring techniques

Article contributed by the Pioneer in Big Rapids  by Adam Gac on June 20th, 2016 BIG RAPIDS — More than two dozen representatives from watershed and conservation organizations across the state rolled up their pant legs or tossed on waders on Monday before striding into Mitchell Creek in search of macroinvertebrate life. The representatives were…
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Nancy Burmeister MRWA Secretary

Stoneflies and Water Pennies

by Nancy Burmeister, MRWA board secretary One of my favorite activities as a volunteer for the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly involves wading in a creek and scooping up bugs. Sound like fun? You should try it! Every May and September a number of volunteers spend a little time checking the health of the tributaries (creeks…
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Kurt Ray Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Chair of Finance Committee

Lessons Learned With the MRWA

By Kurt Ray Chairman MRWA Finance Committee I joined the MRWA board thirteen years ago.  My motives were selfish at first but soon evolved into something completely different.  I made contact with the MRWA to attempt to find a solution to the massive flow of sedimentation from the Little Muskegon River into Croton Pond in…
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MRWA Year in Review

Protecting, preserving, and restoring the river every day. As noted earlier, 2016 has been a productive year for the organization with important restoration projects ongoing throughout the watershed. We are making improvements mid-stream, along shorelines and in nearby forests and fields. As you might expect we have accumulated a mountain of information in support of…
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