2019 Muskegon River Trash Bash – September 14th, 2019

By Sydnie Harding, Student Assistant for the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly


In the heart of the Michigan’s Lower Peninsula flows the mighty Muskegon River. The Muskegon River is Michigan’s second longest river, meandering over 219 miles through nine Michigan counties. The watershed covers approximately 2,700 square miles and includes ninety-four tributaries that sustain diverse populations of fish and many other aquatic species and wildlife. It is each of our responsibilities to help keep the Mighty Muskegon healthy and vibrant! To help protect the Muskegon River and her surrounding ecosystems, the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MWRA) is asking for your help. Get outside with us for the annual Muskegon River Trash Bash on September 14, 2019. The goal of this project is to remove trash and debris from the Muskegon River and nearby areas. Every single bit of trash picked up makes a difference. The 2019 Muskegon River Trash Bash includes multiple teams that are working together to cover over 50 miles of the river. Participants may bring their own canoes/kayaks and boats, contact local liveries, or walk the riverbanks. There are teams coordinating clean-ups in Evart, Big Rapids, Paris, Roger’s Dam, Mecosta, Bridgeton (August 3rd event), Hersey, Muskegon Lake, and Newaygo. BUT, there are still areas of the river that are in need. If you are interested in joining a team or starting your own cleanup team (great event for families, friends, organizations, and businesses), contact the MRWA today!! What a great reason to spend a day on the Mighty Muskegon River!

To register for one of the teams or learn more you can sign up at www.mrwa.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuskegonRiverWatershedAssembly/. You can also contact the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly at mrwa@ferris.edu.

Remember what happens up river doesn’t stay up river!