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MiCorps – Muskegon River Water Monitoring Project

2023 Volunteer Stream Monitoring Download - 2023-MiCorps Presentation   2005-2015 The MRWA received notification in Spring 2005 that its project proposal for volunteer stream monitoring was approved for funding. This project will train volunteers and provide the necessary equipment to conduct water monitoring in the Muskegon River Watershed. The four targeted areas include the Tamarack Creek Sub-watershed, the Ryan/Mitchell...[ read more ]

Voyage of Discovery

In 2010, a group began planning a paddling trip down the entire Muskegon River - over 219 miles long! The trip took 11 days in June 2011 and involved many participants. When this trip was over, the group decided to paddle a portion of the Muskegon River or lakes/streams each year. In 2012, the group paddled Higgins Lake, Cut River,...[ read more ]

MRWA Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Project

Purpose: To have the capability of producing maps of the Muskegon River Watershed MRWA Role: Project Manager Funders: Wege Foundation, ESRI and Verizon Foundation In 2004, the MRWA was awarded a grant for computer software and two-day training from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). The software, ArcView GIS, has given the MRWA Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping capabilities. With...[ read more ]

Muskegon River Book Project

Purpose: Creation of a Muskegon River Book MRWA Role: Project Manager Funders: Great Lakes Fishery Trust and the Wege Foundation Duration of Grant: October 2002 through September 2005 In Jeff Alexander's own words, the book will tell the story of the Muskegon River through the eyes of historians, scientists and property owners who are familiar with the River. Alexander plans...[ read more ]


The MRWA has conducted and participated in cleanups in almost every Muskegon River Watershed county. Trash can pollute our waterways and entrap wildlife. Some cleanups follow the International Coastal Cleanup guidelines and participants not only collect the trash but count and record every piece. In 2010, the MRWA sponsored cleanups on Cedar Creek in Holton, Muskegon County (picture 1), Muskegon...[ read more ]

Muskegon River Watershed Adopt-a-Stream Program

We are no longer accepting inquiries for this program.  Join the MRWA in protecting the Muskegon River Watershed by adopting a portion of the stream or river near you. Plan to clean up your section, conduct water monitoring, and report your findings to the MRWA. For more details, please review the guidelines below, complete an application and mail it to...[ read more ]

Muskegon River Watershed (MRW) Activity Book

The Activity Book project was designed to create a fun way to learn about the MRW and other watershed facts. Funding was obtained through the Great Lakes Energy People Fund with a match from the Wege Foundation and Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF). All MRW 4th grade students were invited to enter a contest to design the cover of the...[ read more ]