Michigan is blessed with an abundance of fresh water, more than any other state. We have access to four Great Lakes; Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie. Running through our state we have approximately 51,438 miles of river, of which 656 miles are designated as wild and scenic.
Yet, close to home, our waterways are under threat. There may be no greater example than our Grand River, our state's largest at 252 miles. Less than two miles from our state's capital we see examples of water pollution rarely seen today.
We're all responsible for protecting and taking care of our treasured and vulnerable waterways. Join us, as we transform our state's prized Grand River, where it flows through our capital city. At the same time, we are conducting a river clean-up on the Red Cedar River, just a short distance down river from Potter Park Zoo. There is a third project. This too on the Grand River, but near Jackson, MI.
Other Michigan waterway clean-up projects to follow soon.
Michigan Waterways Stewards
Protecting and improving Michigan’s treasured and vulnerable waterways for the benefit of fish and wildlife, and recreation and sport.
Imagine the ease in which we can accomplish great things by our working together.
Our Impassable Polluted Grand River.
River clean-up: November- December 2022.
One and a half miles down river from Burchard Park, in our state’s capital, you will find an often impassable debris field consisting of fallen trees, large limbs, and layers of unsightly trash. In some areas the collection of materials is several feet above water. It spans the river's entire width.
This debris field is well known among those who paddle through, or fish not far away from, on this stretch of the Grand River. The City of Lansing reports this being a problem area for at least ten years.
I am thrilled to announce, working with the new owners of Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road Company, we have plans to clean and clear this and other troubled river sections not far away. We are asking for your help as we cannot do this alone. To learn more, click here.