Grand River Expedition

July 26, 2010

Arrival in Grand Haven, MI


I saw them paddling into Grand Haven today at the end of their Grand River odyssey.  There were canoes and kayaks of all sorts and they had just finished a twelve day journey down the length of the Grand River to study what is happening in this tributary to Lake Michigan. 

They included scientists and students from Michigan State and Grand Valley State universities, local conservation districts and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.  I also chatted with people who joined the group as interested citizens.

There were displays from Grand Valley’s Annis Water Institute and the Coast Guard had a game to play: what sort of trash stays in the environment the longest.  O.K.  I played their game and was amazed at how long it would take a thin fishing line to disappear.  400 years.

I am glad there are people willing to raise the awareness of people along the length of the Grand River.  After all, water is life. We can’t do without it.


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