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Grand River Greenway Celebration continues at LDL with water research program July 19

Grand River Greenway Celebration continues at LDL with water research program July 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on July 19 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Program Room A as Dr. Janet Vail of the Grand Valley State University Water Resources Institute (WRI) presents “Science on the Grand.”

During her program, Vail will talk about the water quality research that WRI has been working on and how they go about collecting some of their data from their research ship, the D.J. Angus.

Grand Haven Beach Clean-Up this Thursday

Grand Haven Beach Clean-Up this Thursday

From: http://www.grandhaven.org

Help Keep Beaches in Grand Haven Beautiful! City of Grand Haven Environment & Natural Resources Committee Organizes Beach Clean-up

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

The City's Environment and Natural Resources Committee has organized a beach clean-up at the Grand Haven City Beach for Thursday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m.  Clean-up volunteers will meet at the city beach parking lot by the picnic table.  Help keep beaches in Grand Haven beautiful!  Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Joe VanderStel at the Water Treatment Plant at (616) 847-3487.

Kevin Finney to speak at LDL on history of Grand River and its inhabitants June 21

Kevin Finney to speak at LDL on history of Grand River and its inhabitants June 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on June 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to join outdoorsman and scholar Kevin Finney from the Great Lakes Lifeways Institute to discover and examine long and ever evolving relationships with the Grand River as he presents a journey through time titled, “Agents of Change: Our Human Role in the Changing Ecology of the Grand River.”

Finney’s presentation, held in LDL’s Program Room A, will follow the story of the Grand River and its use by Native Americans and the European White settlers who followed. His focus is on the changing influence people have with the ecology of the river and the cultural ideals and practices of the many groups who have lived here over time.   

He goes on to explain why people have been a significant part of the Grand River's ecology since the last glaciers retreated.

Biologist to speak about fisheries on the Grand River at Loutit District Library May 17

Biologist to speak about fisheries on the Grand River at Loutit District Library May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Grand River Greenway Celebration program series continues with Grand River Fisheries presented by Dr. Dan O’Keefe at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, May 17 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Program Room A.

O’Keefe’s presentation will highlight a variety of fascinating fishes while touching on fishing and fish watching opportunities at Ottawa County parks from rare lake sturgeon and river redhorse to popular gamefish including steelhead and channel catfish. 

He also explains how the Grand River watershed offers diversity of aquatic habitats that are home to over 102 species of fish. He makes clear that the lower Grand River maintains connections with warm water bayous and backwaters, the coldwater environment of Lake Michigan. It is upstream spawning sites are often used by different life stages of fish species.

Adopt-a-Beach – Beach Clean Up

Adopt-a-Beach – Beach Clean Up

Volunteers are encouraged to help clean-up Grand Haven State Park Beach on Saturday, April 28, meeting at the Beach Concession at 10am. Join the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Grand Haven State Park & the Alliance for the Great Lakes for this Clean-up opportunity.

Register at www.greatlakesadopt.org or contact Jamie Cross at jcross@greatlakes.org or call – (616)850-0745, Ext. 12

Afloat on the Grand River program set for Loutit District Library May 3

Afloat on the Grand River program set for Loutit District Library May 3

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The story of early travel on the Grand River from canoes to steamers and their captains will be the subject of Dr. David Seibold's talk as the Grand River Greenway Celebration speaker series continues Thursday, May 3 in the Loutit District Library’s Program Room A from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Seibold’s program begins with how the Indians traversed the Grand River in dugout and bark canoes before the arrival of Europeans who then used it as a thoroughfare for fur trading between1630s-1830s.

His program continues with the emergence of larger pole-boats, shallow-draft side-wheel and then concludes with the river’s last steamboat in 1917.

Seibold is a retired dentist, founder of our local Historical Society and author of books on local history.

Free electronics and metal recycling May 4 & 5

First Christian Reformed Church of Grand Haven will once again conduct its electronics recycling event on Friday, May 4 (1-4:00 p.m.) and Saturday, May 5 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 N).  

First CRC’s FREE Electronics Recycling Event over the past two years has been very successful.  Last year 38,449 pounds of electronics were safely recycled – two semi trailers and a box truck full of TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, radios, DVD & VCR players, game playing equipment, and more.  Volunteers accepted anything that plugged in or ran on a battery.  

Environmentally safe recycling of electronics requires special handling.  For the E-Recycle Event on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 First CRC has again partnered with CompRenew Environmental of Grand Rapids, a Universal Waste Handler licensed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.