General News

Save Our Monarchs

When is the last time that you saw a monarch butterfly in a field or along a roadside? The iconic insect has become less and less visible which is causing many to ask why. According to the Save Our Monarchs Foundation, the monarch butterfly population has decreased by 90 percent in the last 15 years….
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Partners in Trash

Numbers do not lie and these figures point to a highly successful recycling effort in Mecosta County: Total recycling volume increased by 8 tons per month Three semi – trailers stuffed with discarded tires Two trailers filled with obsolete and broken electronic components Hours of operation increased to over 100 per month These results are…
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Word of Thanks

We would like to thank The Barryton Community Fire Department and Wade Caryl, Fork Township Supervisor, for watering the trees planted by 6th grade students from Chippewa Hills Intermediate School on June 2, 2017. The opportunity for the educational event for students was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MRWA and Recycle Mecosta: Partners in Trash

      Numbers do not lie and these figures point to a highly successful recycling effort in Mecosta County: Total recycling volume increased by 8 tons per month Three semi – trailers stuffed with discarded tires Two trailers filled with obsolete and broken electronic components Hours of operation increased to over 100 per month…
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Restoring and Landscaping Using Native Wild Flowers

with Sarah Pregitzer Sarah as been an educator since the mid seventies. Her love of wild places, native botany and lifelong learners has led her to be active with many local organizations, including West Michigan Cluster, Michigan Nature Association, the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly and the West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. She and her…
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newaygo county events outdoors 2017 spring and summer

River Country Land and Water: A Series of Fortunate Events

The following events are for all who are interested in finding friendship, enjoyment and new ways to ensure the land and waters of River Country remain clean and beautiful. Global Youth Service Day  Saturday,  April 22, 9 am-1 pm Join Newaygo County Parks to plant trees at Sandy Beach Park (North of Hardy Dam just…
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Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

From the Desk of…

From the Desk of Julie Chamberlain Executive Director, MRWA A lot can happen in the next few weeks so I hesitate to offer my congratulations for surviving another Michigan winter. As you know, it is very easy to get ahead of yourself when it comes to the timing of Michigan’s seasons. Remember when we were…
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releasing sturgeon into muskegon river

Generations

Sturgeon Through the Generations. by George Heartwell MRWA Governance Committee Chair  “Look, there are three of them!  Right below the riffle.” “I don’t see them!  Point your rod tip.” “There!!!  Look!!!” “All I can see are three logs…Oh my gosh, that log just moved!”   Spotting my first Lake Sturgeon in the Muskegon River was…
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LAKE STURGEON REPRODUCTION

by George Heartwell As time arrives for first spawn the Sturgeon gather from throughout the Lake Michigan basin to return to their natal waters. Males may spawn every other year while females spawn every five to nine years.  A mature female can lay 250,000 eggs in the rocky rapids where they catch among the stones….
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Muskegon river Juvenile Sturgeon

Muskegon River Sturgeon Update

by Marty Holtgren The Muskegon River is one of the few rivers on the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan where a remnant population of lake sturgeon are slowly recovering through natural reproduction.  Each year since the early 2000’s research has focused on determining how the sturgeon population is faring.  A small and dedicated group has…
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