About the MRWA – History


The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly was formed by volunteers in 1998 to address the many needs of the river and to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the resource as we do today. MRWA was established as a nonprofit organization in 2000 and granted an exemption from income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

With the assistance from a three-year grant from the Wege Foundation and Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) in 2001, MRWA hired two full-time employees who began to fulfill the Mission professionally.

Currently, Ferris State University provides offices for employees at the main campus in Big Rapids. FSU has also provided the MRWA with student assistance over the years. Today the MRWA maintains a professional staff and has broadened its base of financial support to include State and Federal Agencies, local government municipalities along the watershed, generous corporate partners including Blue Triton Brands, Consumers Energy, and DTE Energy, and local foundations including the Fremont Area Community Foundation.  MRWA Members and support from family Trusts along the watershed also play a crucial role in keeping MRWA viable and pursuing its Mission.

MRWA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

MRWA is committed to diversity in Board composition, staff, volunteers, and audiences, including full participation in programs, policy formulation, and decision-making, creating an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences. We recognize the rights of all individuals to mutual respect, and welcome others without bias based on differences of any kind, and are committed to individual and organizational efforts to build respect, dignity, fairness, caring, and equity.