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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 ]

In Memory: Greg Mund

Wayne Groesbeck Vice Chair Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Greg Mund, the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly's third chairperson, recently passed away with pancreatic cancer. Greg had an expansive personality, and those of us who knew him will never forget him. Greg was a professional. He worked for many years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, helping farmers...[ read more ]

From the Desk of the Director

Scott Faulkner Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly To our valued Watershed Stakeholders and MRWA partners- In November and December 2021, your MRWA Board and staff had the great privilege of conducting an exercise in strategic planning in which we endeavored to more closely align our Mission, strategic direction, and our day-to-day operation and project slate.  Lisa Brush from The...[ read more ]

Riverside-Rearing: A Mom’s Guide to the Muskegon River Watershed

Hiking Along the River with our Tiny Trailblazers By Sarah Marie Himes, MRWA Assistant   It has been a very rainy, and sometimes snowy, start to the 2022 spring season in West Michigan. But, despite the muddy, cold weather, my family and I have managed to enjoy short hikes to get rid of our “cabin fever”. Hiking, also known as...[ read more ]

Legislative Update – Major investment to maintain, improve state parks

Jon Bumstead Michigan State Senator Director, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Major investment to maintain, improve state parks Nearly a billion dollars could be going toward making upgrades and improvements at our state and local parks under a three-bill legislative supplemental. Senate Bills 702-704 would invest $968 million in one-time federal funding to clear a backlog of projects, create jobs and...[ read more ]

Explorer’s Guide to the Muskegon River

Last spring, MRWA office manager Patricia Jarrett received an interesting message from Richard Pierson. As it turns out, Rich is a serious canoeist who had scheduled a spring trip on the main stem of the Muskegon River and was looking for information that would help in the planning. Never one to ignore a request from a Muskegon River enthusiast, Pat...[ read more ]

From the Office of the Director January 2022

Scott Faulkner Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Over the warmer months of 2021, I frequently traveled through the backwaters of our watershed; in remote tributaries, on a jet boat out in the braids, and electrofishing in a hidden impoundment.  I frequently found myself marveling at the ingenuity and tenacity of previous generations in their dozens, even hundreds of watershed-related...[ read more ]