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NCCISMA Program Coordinator, Vicki Sawicki, demonstrates using the Uprooter tool to remove small black locust trees

CISMA Spells Help with Invasive Species Control

By Vicki Sawicki Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA’s) are your best local resources for advice as well as hands on support in your effort to control invasive species. There are actually two that cover most of the counties in the Muskegon River Watershed: North Country CISMA, (NCCISMA) which covers Missaukee, Wexford, Osceola, Mecosta, Lake…
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treatment of of Phragmites and Purple Loosestrife invasive species in Michigan

Our Approach to Invasive Species

Introduction: In 2015, The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) marked its 45th anniversary as a highly effective regional planning and development agency. WMSRDC currently serves 120 local governments in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties. The Muskegon River watershed has benefitted greatly from their activities, most notably: Over $10 million invested in…
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Wood in Streams Benefits Fish Conservation

By Dixie Ward Environmental scientists define “large woody debris” as trees, logs, rootwads, and large tree branches that fall into streams and interact with the water, sediment or organisms in the stream. It is an important resource for fish and wildlife.  In many watersheds, large woody debris is a main factor controlling the shape of…
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Michigan State University Extension is offering several opportunities for you to expand your lake and stream knowledge and skills in 2017

Michigan State University Extension is offering several opportunities for you to expand your lake and stream knowledge and skills in 2017. See below for two upcoming programs, and follow the links for more details. 2017 Lake and Stream Leaders Institute ( Become an effective steward of water resources in Michigan. Classroom and field sessions will…
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MRWA Partner named Roscommon County’s “Person of the Year”

The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly has partnered on many valuable projects with the Higgins Lake Foundation. We are proud to share the news that the Higgins Lake Foundation Chair, Vicki Springstead, was selected by the Roscommon County Commissioners as “Roscommon County Person of the Year.” The award was presented on Thursday, December 22 at the…
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toxic free you and me - free michigan mercury collection program great lakes restoration

Toxic Free, You & Me!

The Great Lakes Mercury Collection Program is providing FREE mercury collection services to Michigan areas and business sites. EXAMPLES OF SOME COMMON ITEMS THAT CONTAIN MERCURY: • Thermostats: non-electronic • Thermometers: silver-colored liquid inside • Gauges: barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges with silver colored liquid • Switches, Relays and Sensors: appliances, farm equipment,…
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Muskegon River Autumn 2016 Photos

Love the Muskegon! What a difference a week makes, from Saturday October 22…to the first snow fall of the season on the Muskegon, October 26 (photos courtesy of Julia Kirkwood).  

Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

Fall 2016 Newsletter – Intro

by Julie Chamberlain Executive Director of Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Those of us who reside in Western Michigan enjoy abundant natural beauty throughout the year but for many the autumn season is the most spectacular.  Fall colors in our state are legendary with breathtaking scenery around very bend in the road. For my staff and…
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greg mund retired chair of muskegon river watershed assembly michigan

A Final Word

By Greg Mund For most people I know, saying goodbye is a difficult thing to do. And after 20 years of involvement with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, the decision to step back from my responsibilities as board chair came only after a great deal of reflection and soul searching.  In the end, it was…
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