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Join Friends of Ottawa County Parks

Friends of Ottawa County Parks is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with nature, recreation and community by partnering with Ottawa County Parks.  New members are always welcome. 

Upcoming activities will be a booth at KidZone during  the annual Salmon Festival in Grand Haven on Saturday, Sept. 17th.   Volunteers are needed to help kids make "fish prints" as well as to provide Ottawa County Parks information.    

The Annual Membership Meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 21st in the Fillmore Complex.   The Fillmore Complex in Olive Township is on Fillmore Street just west of 120th Avenue.

Visit www.friendsofocp.org for more information.

City of Grand Haven Beach Clean-up

City of Grand Haven Beach Clean-up

Thursday, September 1, 2011, 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, September 1, 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.

Welcome Aboard the D.J. Angus

Grand Valley University and the Ottawa County Parks are offering 2 trips aboard GVSU’s D.J Angus research vessel leaving from Grand Haven. Join the crew on August 24 at either 8:00am or 11:00am. The participants will be taking various samples for water quality testing, plankton collecting, lake bottom sampling, and more from Lake Michigan, Spring Lake and the Grand River (weather will determine the route for the day.) The trips last about 2.5 hours and are open to adults and children 10 years old and older (no exceptions). A registration fee of $20 per person and advanced registration is required.

Keep Our Water Clean - Seeing Pollution? Report it!

Keep Our Water Clean - Seeing Pollution? Report it!

From: http://www.grandhaven.org

As you perform your routine duties, if you observe anyone (landscapers, contractors, waste haulers, residents, etc.) dumping anything into a storm drain, report it. Storm Drains lead directly to nearby streams and lakes, usually without any type of treatment.
 
City of Grand Haven is regulated by the state and federal governments, and we can be fined for failure to prevent and reduce the amount of pollutants entering the storm drain system. Motor vehicle fluids, paint and chemicals, yard waste, restaurant wastes, etc. should be disposed of properly. Only rainwater should enter a storm drain.

Click Here for the Water Pollution Report Form

D.J. Angus Trips in Grand Haven

D.J. Angus Trips in Grand Haven

Trips aboard the D.J. Angus research vessel docked in Grand Haven are being offered on Wednesday, August 24th, 8:00am and 11:00am. Attendees will participate in water quality testing, plankton collecting, lake bottom sampling, and more. The weather will determine the route for the day. Each trip will be 2.5 hours and the trips are for adults and children 10 years and older. The registration fee is $20.00 per person and advanced registration is required by calling 616-786-4847. 

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

ADA, MI - Approximately 400 bicyclists will be enjoying part of Ada Township’s non-motorized trail network this week, as part of the 20th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. After staying overnight at the County fairgrounds in Lowell on Tuesday, July 19, tour riders will be riding west on Bailey Drive into Ada Township on Wednesday morning, where riders will use the Township trails on McCabe Ave., Conservation St. and Honey Creek Ave., on their way to the City of Rockford and ending that day in Ravenna.

Reminder: Beach clean-up scheduled for 6:00 pm

Reminder: Beach clean-up scheduled for 6:00 pm

From: http://www.grandhaven.org

The City's Environment and Natural Resources Committee has organized a beach clean-up at the Grand Haven City Beach for Thursday, June 30, 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.