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From the Office of the Director

Marty Holtgren Ph.D. Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly A recent announcement from Lansing includes good news for anyone who cares about the Muskegon River. The department of Environment, Great lakes and Energy (EGLE) has awarded a grant totaling $108,000 to the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA). The geographical areas of focus are four sub-watersheds:  Bigelow Creek, Hess Lake, Brooks...[ read more ]

My Story: Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Collaboration & Growth

My Story: Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Collaboration & Growth By Jonathan Wilson, DTE Regional Manager Director, MRWA I joined the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Board of Directors in 2016 because I felt, and still feel, that the Muskegon River is a huge economic asset, and I strongly connected to MRWA’s mission of preserving, protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use...[ read more ]

Legislative Report: Sen Jon Bumstead

Legislative Report Jon Bumstead Michigan State Senator Director, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Dear Friends, Fall is often a busy time in the Michigan Legislature, and this is especially true in 2020. No one could have anticipated the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative economic impact that would come with it. Fortunately, the impact on Michigan’s budget was largely eased. Michigan received...[ read more ]

Protect Your Local Lakes: Enroll in the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch

By Emma Costantino, Outreach Coordinator North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area When people think about lakes and Michigan, the five Great Lakes likely come to mind but Michigan also has over 11,000 inland lakes. Unfortunately, these bodies of water are threatened by invasive species. Whether introduced intentionally or by accident, these non-native species present a severe threat to the...[ read more ]

Trash Bash- Restoring the River

Seven years ago a group of concerned citizens with the support of Ice Mountain Inc. launched the inaugural Muskegon River Trash Bash, an event in which volunteers spent the day removing discarded trash from the river. The project gained momentum and grew in scope until it became obvious that a dedicated project manager was required.   MRWA office manager, Pat Jarrett...[ read more ]

A River Runs Through It

Final Words by George Heartwell Grand Rapids Mayor – Retired Director, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly “A River Runs Through It” Fountain Street Church Sermon (transcript) May 17, 2020   “In our family,” wrote Norman Maclean, author of the novel A River Runs Through It, “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.” And I relate....[ read more ]

From the Office of the Director

Marty Holtgren PHD Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly In “The Muskegon: The Majesty and Tragedy of Michigan’s Rarest River”, author Jeff Alexander introduces Martin Ryerson who would eventually attain prominence in the region. In 1832, the adventurous lad left his home in New Jersey at the age of 16 and arrived two years later on the banks of the...[ read more ]