General News

Introduction – Spring Newsletter 2016

Recently, the debate over Michigan aquaculture has intensified, with outspoken, often passionate advocates on both sides of the issue. In Lansing, there are bills pending in the house and senate for and against open net-pen fish farms in the Great Lakes.  In addition, a proposal to increase production of a facility on the Au Sable…
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Overview – Spring Newsletter 2016

Strictly speaking, aquaculture systems – fish farms – have operated continuously in Michigan since 1873 when the Michigan Fish Commission, predecessor to the DNR Fisheries Division, established the state hatchery program. Replenishing fish populations lost to pollution and habitat destruction was the primary function. For the most part, the Michigan aquaculture industry has operated quietly…
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Then and There, Here and Now – Spring Newsletter 2016

If you are searching for the origins of the current debate, two important and apparently unrelated events stand out: In 1982, the first open net-pen fish farm begins operations in the Great lakes. In 2014, the operator of the Grayling Fish hatchery applies for a permit to increase capacity.   Great Lakes Fish Farms In…
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House Bill 5255 – Spring Newsletter 2016

A message from Rep. Bumstead on House Bill 5255   Like most Michigan residents, I feel fortunate to live in a state with abundant natural beauty and I am fiercely protective when our natural resources are threatened. At this time, I am concerned that the Great Lakes, surely the most precious resources of all, are…
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Chatter – Spring Newsletter 2016

Aquaculture Advocates Dan Vogler, owner Harrietta Hills Trout Farm, operator, Grayling Fish Hatchery. Regarding his plans for growth in the fish producing industry in Michigan, “And everyone else in the state should hope so as well. The fact of the matter is we import 91% of the seafood we eat in Michigan. We are a…
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The Final Word – Spring Newsletter 2016

From the Office of the Director   As the director for the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, you may think my position would be one of blindly saving the water. Obviously, water is vitally important. So are people. Let me share a few things I am in favor of: I am for feeding people; I am…
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Recycling on wheels – coming to your town

Here is a pic of Chris, our partner from Recycle Mecosta, showing us how large the window will be on the new cardboard recycling trailer. The trailer will be moved to various business locations to help them recycle cardboard. This is made possible by DEQ Community Pollution Prevention funds.

Wanted: Aquatic Invasive Species Education Coordinator

AIS Education Coordinator – The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly is seeking an independent contractor to lead Aquatic Invasive Species Education and operate boat pressure washer, for April-Sept. 2016, maximum 520 hours @ $15/hr. Must be motivated/dependable. Responsible for aquatic invasive species (AIS) activities in the Roscommon Co. area. Coordinator will recruit, train and organize volunteers…
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Family Fun Paddle June 11th

Join MRWA Vice Chairman, Ken Johnson on Saturday June 11th for a 4 hour trip on the Muskegon River from Croton to Newaygo. This is a relatively non challenging but very scenic stretch of river – a great trip for beginners, new to the sport as well as experienced paddlers. More details to follow but for now… Save…
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