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End of Year Grant Report 2022

Marty Holtgren PHD Principal Watershed Scientist, MRWA We have found 2022 to be a great year for grant activity with awards sufficient to fund restoration work in the watershed for the next three years. Getting to this point in the process required a true team effort and credit goes to Pat Jarrett and Sarah Krzemien for their diligent approach. What...[ read more ]

The Rarest River

Wayne Groesbeck Vice Chair Muskegon River Watershed Assembly In the mid-seventies, the Great Lakes were in the throes of "Coho Fever," as big hard-fighting Pacific salmon had established themselves in the "Big Lakes". They were eating their way through the overabundance of alewives, an invasive ocean baitfish that had arrived in the ballast water of international cargo ships. This new...[ read more ]

Remembering Greg Mund

By Gary Noble Former MRWA Executive Director Editor’s Note. Gary Noble was the first staff member and first executive director of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, joining the organization in 2001. He provided steady leadership for a young and growing environmental non-profit, establishing a solid foundation for two decades of achievement. When he retired in 2015, the organization was financially...[ read more ]

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 ]