We are blessed with a large, passionate community of waterways enthusiasts and environmental stewards. If it weren't for them, it would not have been possible for us to achieve all that we have. We thank them all and wish to recognize a few.
Top Business - Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road Company
The new owners of A&B are changing how railroad companies work with local communities to improve our watersheds. Within less than two weeks of our calling them to make them aware of a river-wide obstructions under one of their bridges, they sprung into action to resolve. As a result of their effort, they helped transform this once impassable stretch of river into one of the most scenic stretches running through the greater Lansing metropolitan area.
A&B exemplifies what it means to be a civic minded partner and waterways steward. A special shoutout is due to A&B president Chris Bagwell and his determined operations team.
Top Volunteer - Patrick Harrington
Volunteer extraordinaire, Pat Harrington, immediately offered to help remove large pools of pollution and urban debris found in and along our rivers running through our capital city.
In addition to offering his time and personal resources, he recruited others to assist in our river improvement initiatives. We thank and applaud Pat for his time, great work, and his broad network of passionate environmentalists.
Living Our Mission - Matthew Edmond
From his college studies, career, to including his daughter in environmental practices, Matthew Edmond exemplifies what we should all strive for.
Let’s hope others follow Matthew's exemplary commitment to protect and improve Michigan’s treasured waterways, and being such a fine role model to his daughter and others.
Top Government Entity - City of Lansing, Parks and Recreation
We're thrilled by the interest, response, and ongoing support offered by the City of Lansing, spearheaded by Parks and Recreation Director, Brett Kaschinske
They have provided material support, disposed of our collected trash, addressed other hot spots, and were instrumental in our clearing an abandoned homeless encampment before high flood waters pulled it into the river.
It is partnerships like this that makes waterways improvements easier and more successful. Let's hope hope other municipalities follow the example of City of Lansing.
Waterways Ambassador - George Stockman
George Stockman, MSU professor emeritus and paddler extraordinaire, is an exceptional ambassador for the sport of paddling, a huge promoter of outdoor recreation, and always eager to help to improve our waterways.
Thank you George for your passion, stewardship, cheerful attitude, and all that you do to encourage others to experience all things related to our outdoors!
Promotional Partner - Jayne Higo | Lansing State Journal
Jayne Higo, Lansing State Journal (LSJ) news assistant, encouraged us to share our story about our waterway improvement initiatives, and disappointment with the initial lack of interest or support from our local, county, and state governments and environmental agencies.
Via the publishing of our story in the LSJ Opinion section, we experienced an immediate spike in interest and offers to support by our governments and environmental agencies, and general public. The story and subject matter was of such interest, it was reported to be November's most read Opinion piece.
Jayne is also deserving of recognition for her environmental practices. Jayne is featured in the above photo (far left). She and three other ladies regularly volunteer to patrol and clean up the Lansing River Trail. They were instrumental in our later conducting a Red Cedar River clean up, with a focus on retrieving the many e-scooters reported seen in the river.
Thank you Jayne for your interest, encouragement, promotion of our work, and your environmental practices.