February 2020

2020 Census – Be Counted!

The U.S. Census is the official count of all people living in the U.S. and it’s been done once every 10 years since 1790! In March, every household will receive a mailed invitation to fill out the census form online, by phone, or by mail. Please participate, an under count could mean less benefits for our community and our state.

2019 Lake Macatawa Water Quality Dashboard

The GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute has been conducting water quality monitoring in the Macatawa Watershed since 2013. They produce annual reports detailing monitoring results and a dashboard report summarizing conditions in Lake Macatawa (phosphorus is pictured below). There are many factors that influence water quality, including snowmelt, rainfall, temperature, conservation efforts, and the timing of sample collection. 2019 results continue to show variability in the data, but also show that water quality is improving, especially since 2013 when Project Clarity helped to accelerate restoration efforts.
Read the full 2019 report or the 2019 dashboard. Previous year’s report are also available on our water quality monitoring page.

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