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Curb-cut Rain Garden, Photo by Plaster Creek Stewards

Who will stop the rain?

by Joel Betts Green solutions bring improved water quality at regional scales Polluted run-off from residential and urban areas has become a major problem for stream health and water quality. Green infrastructure projects, like bioswales and detention ponds, are becoming increasingly implemented by municipalities trying to address this issue. A recently published study is the…
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japanese barberry berries are an invasive plant species in Michigan

Invasive Watchlist

by Elizabeth Monarch When invasive species become established in a watershed, they often displace many of the native plants, cause property damage and cost thousands of dollars to eradicate. Here are three of the biggest offenders in the Lake Michigan watershed. Japanese Barberry Japanese barberry is a spiny shrub with smooth-edged oval leaves that turn…
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bridgeton, michigan planting day April 2017 by the Muskegon River

Spring 2017 Newsletter – Final Words

by Julie Chamberlain Executive Director The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly is currently leading eleven on the ground projects that help protect, preserve and restore the Muskegon River. Here is a quick update on six of these activities: Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) with Mobile Boat Washing Education. Two mobile boat washers will demonstrate the importance…
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Muskegon River Sturgeon Population: Small but Growing

By: Marty Holtgren, Fisheries Biologist with Michigan DNR The Muskegon River is one of the few rivers on the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan where a remnant population of lake sturgeon are slowly recovering through natural reproduction.  Each year since the early 2000’s research has focused on determining how the sturgeon population is faring.  A small…
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Natural Shoreline Workshop

The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Presents a Natural Shoreline Workshop: Want a cleaner lake? A shoreline garden reduces nutrients that grow algae. Saturday, April 1, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm   Want a cleaner lake? A shoreline garden reduces nutrients that grow algae. They are easy to install and care for. Learn how at the…
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winter photos muskegon river 2016


The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) Welcomes New Director On behalf of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, I am very pleased to announce that Jon Bumstead has accepted a seat on our board of directors. Mr. Bumstead is a property owner on the Muskegon River and lifelong resident of the watershed. He is passionate about…
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Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

From the desk of…

By Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Certainly, there is nothing new I can tell you about winter in Michigan.  Although the conditions are familiar – temperatures that range between cold and colder, a healthy amount of snowfall and all the rest – individual reactions vary widely. For many, it is the preferred…
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Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, MRWA Board Member & Ferris State University Biology Faculty

INVADING OUR SPACES:  What you need to know about invasive species

By Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, MRWA Board Member & Ferris State University Biology Faculty Too much of something is never a good thing. Invasive species for example, when present in abundance can prevent you from enjoying your favorite outdoor recreational pursuits.  According to the National Invasive Species Council, an invasive species is non-native to an area with the…
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Patricia Ruta-McGhan botanist for the Manistee National Forest

Keeping Dangerous Travelers Out of the Muskegon River Watershed

By Patricia Ruta-McGhan Greetings to all.  My name is Pat Ruta and I am one of two resident botanists in the Manistee National Forest for the US Forest Service. My colleague Carolyn Henne focuses on the northern half of the forest and operates out of the Manistee office while I look after the southern half from…
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