Education / Outreach

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Public Education Survey
Homeowner’s Handbook
2013 Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Results
Clarity Film
Great Lakes Levels 101
Storm Drain Stenciling
Watershed Library
Enviroscapes
Children’s Books
Into the Watershed DVD

Public Education Survey

The Frost Center for Social Science Research at Hope College completed a phone survey of watershed residents during the summer of 2014 to gauge the level of knowledge and opinions about water quality and related issues in the Macatawa Watershed. This is the fifth time that the Frost Center has completed such a survey for the MACC since 2000. A summary of the results can be viewed here. Contact the MACC if you would like a copy of the Appendices.

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Homeowner’s Handbook

The Homeowner’s Handbook: A Guide to Water Quality Protection or Homeowner’s Associations and Households has recently been updated. The handbook includes the following guides:

Guide No. 1: Protecting Water Quality
Guide No. 2: Catch Basin Care
Guide No. 3: Maintaining Septic Systems
Guide No. 4: Car Care
Guide No. 5: Stormwater Basin Maintenance
Guide No. 6: Controlling Garden Pests
Guide No. 7: Landscaping Near the Water’s Edge
Guide No. 8: Rethinking Yard Care
Guide No. 9: Reducing Household Waste – NEW
Guide No. 10: Recycling – NEW
Guide No. 11: Household Hazardous Waste – NEW
Guide No. 12: Disposal of Prescription Drugs and Personal Care Products – NEW

Download your copy here or contact the MACC office to receive a hard copy.

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2013 Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Results

City of Holland UTC Fact Sheet
City of Zeeland UTC Fact Sheet

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Clarity Film

Clarity is a professionally developed PBS documentary about the Macatawa Watershed. The film is about 50 minutes.View a 2-minute preview below. The full film can be viewed at http://macatawaclarity.org/

Clarity: Restoring the Macatawa Watershed from Phillip Palacios on Vimeo.

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Great Lakes Levels 101

Click here to view videos from the Great Lakes Levels 101 seminar that was held on April 8, 2013 at the Fillmore Street Complex.

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Storm Drain Stenciling

edu-2Storm drains are part of the storm sewer system which carries water from rainfall and snowmelt directly from your neighborhood to our local rivers, lakes , streams and wetlands. This water becomes polluted when it picks up things like grass clippings, leaves, pesticides, motor oil, trash and pet waste and flushes them into storm drains. Stormwater is NOT treated by wastewater treatment facilities and therefore it is a direct route for pollutants to enter Lake Macatawa! The MACC supplies community volunteers with all the supplies to paint stenciled messages near the storm drains in your neighborhood to remind you and your neighbors to keep pollutants off the streets, driveways and sidewalks and out of storm drains.

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Watershed Library

The Macatawa Watershed Project has a large reference library with historic and current information on Lake Macatawa. Please contact the MACC office at 616-395-2688 to view these documents.

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Enviroscapes

With support from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Areaenviroscapes table the Macatawa Watershed Project owns six Enviroscape tabletop units that can be used to educate students on watershed and nonpoint pollution issues in the Macatawa Watershed. The six Enviroscape units include: Wetlands, Nonpoint Source, Groundwater, Landfill, Coastal, and Hazardous Waste.

The Enviroscapes are available for use in a classroom or with a civic group. To check out any of the Enviroscape units, please contact the MACC office at 616-395-2688 or email us. For more detailed information on the Enviroscape units, visit www.enviroscapes.com.

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Children’s Books

Three books by local authors and a local illustrator have been created to teach the basic concepts of water quality management in a watershed. The books target fourth grade and support the state curriculum to teach about the path that rain water follows. To receive free copies of the books, contact the MACC office at (616) 395-2688 or by email.

The Lake I Didn’t Remember

book image "the lake i didn't remember"By Sara DenHerder, Illustrated by Betsy Buurma Morton

When Craig and Olivia found that that they could no longer swim or fish in their favorite lake, they went on a mission to discover who was responsible for the problem. In the process, they learned about watersheds, phosphorus, sediment and erosion, and learned that we all play a role in maintaining water quality.

A Day at the Farm

By Sara Stevens, Illustrated by Betsy Buurma Morton"a day at the farm" book cover

Craig and Olivia learn how farmers make a difference in protecting water quality by using filter strips at the edges of fields to control erosion and help keep sediment and fertilizers out of watersheds. A teacher’s guide has been developed for this book, to download a copy of the lesson plans click here.

Springwater Rain

By Karen Hooker, Illustrated by Betsy Buurma Morton"Spring water" book cover

Jason and Stephanie learn what stormwater run-off is, where all that water goes and how a wetland can filter out undesirable sediment and pollutants from the water.

For more information on educational activities in support of the Macatawa Watershed Project, please contact us.

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Into The Watershed DVD

edu-into-watershedThe Macatawa Area Coordinating Council and the Macatawa Watershed Project has produced an educational watershed DVD entitled Into the Watershed that has proven to be an effective tool. The 3-D animation DVD featuring several Holland High School students and local watershed experts provides educational information about wetlands, stormwater, agriculture, and land use influences on overall water quality of the Macatawa Watershed. The target audience for this production is 5th to 8th grades, although it has been effective in many groups young and old. Local involvement was a key to the success of this production. The producer is Pam Landes of Think Again, also a local watershed resident.

This DVD is just one of the several tools utilized by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council to address the goal to reduce phosphorus in Lake Macatawa. The production of this DVD has been made possible in part by funding support from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area and the Office of Michigan Attorney General.

In June 2007, Into the Watershed was awarded the highest honors by the 28th Annual Telly Awards as well as the 13th Annual Communicator Award of Distinction, both international competitions. To view the DVD click here. If you are teacher and are interested in downloading lesson plans that have been developed specifically for this DVD please click here.

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