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From the Desk of the Director

Scott Faulkner Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly   “Prophecy speaks of a time during the seventh fire when our people will have a choice between two paths. The first path is well worn and scorched. The second path is new and green. It is our choice as communities and as individuals how we will proceed” Winona LaDuke, from the...[ read more ]

Natural Resource Highlights from the 2022-2023 Fascial Year Budget

Legislative Update Jon Bumstead Michigan State Senator Director, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly   Natural Resource Highlights from the 2022-2023 Fascial Year Budget The Michigan Legislature recently finalized and passed the state budget for 2022-2023. As the vice chair of the DNR and EGLE budget committees, I prioritized protecting our natural resources and ensuring a safe state for our future generations....[ read more ]

Riverside Rearing

Sarah Marie Himes MRWA Assistant Preface: I would like to give a special thanks to my scientist friends, Meteorologist Madison Ryke and Meteorologist Austin Lowe for educating me about the chemistry behind fall colors and extracting leaf pigment through their STEM experiments. Fall’ing in Love with Color In our household, fall is the favorite season. It’s a whimsical time of...[ read more ]

Be on the Lookout for European Frog-Bit

By Emma Costantino North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Aquatic invasive plants are already a problem for many lakes in Michigan as they can cause numerous issues for lakes and are difficult to remove. Now, there is another aquatic invasive plant to watch out for: European frog-bit. European frog-bit is a small, free-floating aquatic plant. It has tiny leaves,...[ read more ]

Twin Creek Dam Project – Progress through Partnership

Marty Holtgren PHD Principal Watershed Scientist Muskegon River Watershed Assembly In 2020, the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) began the task of compiling a list of dams within the watershed that would be appropriate candidates for removal while developing initial design plans and removal cost estimates for those selected. The Ice Mountain Stewardship Fund managed by the Fremont Area Community...[ read more ]

Maple River – An Unbroken Connection to the Aanishinaabek

Jimmie Mitchell Director Natural Resources (Ret) Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Director, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Editor’s Note The Maple River area near Bridgeton represents a significant challenge and a compelling restoration opportunity for the MRWA, one we have been clearly aware of since our beginnings nearly twenty years ago. That may seem like a significant amount of time,...[ read more ]

From the Office of the Director

Scott Faulkner, Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Thank you for making 2022- so far - a year of real progress for our watershed, measured from any of our four foundational perspectives: environmental, economic, social, and sustainability.  So much good news, in fact, that it is tempting to sidestep for a moment the myriad, systemic challenges that remain for MRWA...[ read more ]

Riverside Rearing – Nature is my Classroom

Sarah Marie Himes MRWA Assistant From early childhood through our adult years, it is undeniably true that many of the most important lessons in life occur outside the classroom. Recently, two Newaygo County education centers invited me to participate in scientific field trips to the Muskegon River featuring nature-based activities that combined hands-on learning, biology, ecology and so much more....[ read more ]

Spot the Spotted Lanternfly

Emma Costantino Outreach Coordinator North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Michigan’s trees are no stranger to invasive insects, like the emerald ash borer and the spongy moth. Unfortunately, there is another pest that may soon arrive in the state: the spotted lanternfly. This insect has not yet been found in Michigan, but is currently on the state watch list....[ read more ]

Mid Year Review

Marty Holtgren PHD Principal Watershed Scientist Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Last fall, the department of Environment, Great lakes and Energy (EGLE) awarded a grant totaling $108,000 to the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly to update our existing watershed management plan specifically to address non-point source pollution in the lower watershed. Nonpoint-source pollution, which can be extremely harmful to the environment, occurs...[ read more ]