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What Could Be Hiding in your Lake

Written by Jenna Johnson Outreach Coordinator with NCCISMA THE LAKE CHAMPION > Read Greeting A European frog-bit is a plant you should fear. It resembles a miniature water lily with heart-shaped leaves about the size of a quarter, but don’t let its delicate size fool you! It can quickly form dense mats which block the sun rays that are needed...[ read more ]

Partnerships to Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

Resource Professionals Meet to Coordinate Land Management Plans By: Vicki Sawicki North Country CISMA [caption id="attachment_5989" align="alignleft" width="145"] Mecosta County Parks have partnered with NCCISMA to bring awareness of the value of landscaping with native plants and avoiding invasive garden plants. Photo credit: NCCISMA[/caption] On December 4th partners of the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA), met at...[ read more ]

MRWA 2019 Year in Review

If you want to know what kind of year we had in 2019 ask MRWA Office Manager, Patricia Jarrett, who takes ownership of our annual activities calendar. She is involved to some degree with everything we do as an organization. Looking back at the 2019 calendar, she felt it was an exceptional year for community involvement and volunteer activities. Our...[ read more ]

MRWA Supporters

We asked for your help and you did not hesitate. The staff and Board of Directors of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly wish to extend a big thank you to all our members and contributors. You are a true friend of the Muskegon River! Lifetime Members Jeff Babb Karleen Cox Tom & Susan Fabus Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, MRWA Bob and Norine...[ read more ]

From the Office

In the fall of 2017, George Heartwell, representing the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly board of directors, reached out about my interest in leading the organization. We set up a formal meeting with Ken Johnson, the MRWA Board Chair, to discuss the possibilities and potential. I was familiar with the MRWA as a stalwart in the conservation arena and a highly...[ read more ]

MRWA Legislative Update

Jon Bumstead, Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Members of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, As a former state representative, and current board member of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, I wanted to provide my first legislative update as state senator. I began my first term in the Michigan Senate in January of 2019 representing the citizens of Muskegon, Oceana, and...[ read more ]

A Trip Down the Ole Muskegon

By: Bekka Neelis Invasive Species Technician, North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA) Born and raised in Cheboygan, I was new to the area when I accepted a seasonal position as an Invasive Species Technician for the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA). My main objective was to complete a survey of invasive plant species along the...[ read more ]

The White River: Newaygo County’s Forgotten River Part I

By: Charles Chandler Reprinted by permission Ken DeLaat, Publisher, Near North Now Part I: The White River is a case study in complexity. It flows through about 80 miles of beautifully mixed forest lands, much of those in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. There are a variety of rural and urban landowners along those miles, and the river is used for...[ read more ]

Protect and Restore

Restoring the Muskegon River to its full potential is a big job. Repairing damage done as much as a century ago takes dedication to a long-term goal and the ability to manage restoration projects of significant size. As an example, replacing damaged culverts so a stream can flow naturally without obstruction involves heavy lifting and takes heavy equipment to do...[ read more ]