Cleanup Events

The US Environmental Protection Agency awarded a grant to the MACC in summer 2020 to support beach and river cleanups in Ottawa and Allegan Counties. This project is in partnership with Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, the Ottawa Conservation District, Hope College, the ODC Network, the Allegan Conservation District, and the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council. Collectively, these partners formed a group that we call the Lakeshore Cleanup Coalition. With support of the EPA grant, the Lakeshore Cleanup Coalition will hold volunteer beach and river cleanups throughout Ottawa and Allegan County through the summer of 2022. Each partner will organize and run their own events and the MACC will post the full list with registration links. As events are completed, we will also report the results. The Lakeshore Cleanup Coalition will continue to work together beyond the scope of the grant to ensure that cleanup events and outreach efforts continue throughout West Michigan.

 

Pollution Solutions

A series of virtual talks were held earlier this year. Recording will be posted soon!

  • March 10 featured Kyle Hart of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council to to discuss the history of trash pollution in the Grand River and how it impacts us today. Missed this one? You can request access to view a recording by sending a message to Kelly at kelly@outdoordiscovery.org
  • March 24 featured Lara Treemore-Spears from Wayne State University to discuss what we know about the problem of plastic and the impacts of microplastics
  • April 7 featured Erik Petrovskis of Meijer to discuss their efforts to reduce plastic pollution

2022 Cleanup Events

Date/Time: July 12, 9am-12pm
Location: Harbor Island
Host: Ottawa Conservation District
Registration required

Date/Time: September 8, 9am-12pm
Location: Harbor Island
Host: Ottawa Conservation District
Registration required

More events are being scheduled later this summer and fall!


 

 


Partners Only

Click here to report the results of your cleanup event.