The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) in partnership with the Annis Water Resources Institute of Grand Valley State University (AWRI) was awarded funds for the Muskegon River Transition/Implementation 1 project (# 2003-0032). The grant period began on September 27, 2004 and was extended nine months until June 30th, 2007. The goals of this project were to update the Muskegon River Watershed Management Plan to meet the EPA’s newest requirements and reduce the negative impact that thermal pollution, excessive nutrients, and sediment have on the cold and warm water fisheries, as well as for other indigenous aquatic organisms of the Muskegon River and its tributaries. These project goals were met by incorporating six of nine EPA criteria (three were already included), by conducting a hydrologic study in the headwaters of the Tamarack Creek Subwatershed, establishing permanent conservation easements on vegetative filter strips in the Tamarack Creek Subwatershed, and constructing a rain garden at the Village of McBain K-12 School. All of these management practices targeted thermal pollution and the input of nutrients and sediment in the watershed. By addressing the pollutants that threaten the water quality of the Muskegon River Watershed, all designated uses will be maintained. The environmental benefits of the project were to help maintain a healthy aquatic system for aquatic organisms, fisheries, water supply, agriculture, and recreation.


Tamarack Creek Subwatershed, Rain Garden, Village of McBain, Thermal Pollution, Water Quality, Michigan, Muskegon River


Natural Resources Management and Policy