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       Welcome to our Summer 2016 newsletter!  No one can accuse WRWP of resting on our laurels or sitting quietly waiting for fish to bite.  We've been busy and, just like the weather, our monitoring and assessment activities are heating up.  Read about what we're doing, where we're headed and ways you can help.
                                       Earth Fair Expo
 
     WRWP joined a few dozen other environmentally-oriented organizations at the April 23 Earth Fair Expo at Montague High School, each one offering activities designed to educate, inspire and encourage interactions beneficial for Earth, its ecosystems and life forms. 
     Our macro invertebrate gurus brought samples of all manner of critters that populate the White River Watershed food chain.  For the very curious, microscopes and magnifiers enabled them to look at these specimens up close and personal. 

                        
 
 Our Spring Stream Sampling

      It seems volunteers have no hesitation getting wet if it helps expand our understanding of the ecology within the watershed.  WRWP had a dozen volunteers, thanks to Montague High School students and their teacher, Clarence Rudat.  Other folks joined us as well during the May event, which captured macroinvertebrates in their natural habitat.  The presence, or absence, of these critters lets us know how the watershed is faring in the face of invasive species and a warming climate.
    
FIGHTING INVASIVES
 
     Our last newsletter highlighted some of the invasive species now calling the White River Watershed home.  The MDEQ takes the threat of invasives very seriously, and recently released a 28-page document outlining the cleaning protocol it expects their employees to follow to prevent the spread of plant and aquatic invasives. 
     Although we don't expect you to adhere to the stringent guidelines MDEQ expects of its staff, there are precautions every boater and angler can take to fight invasives.  Click on the link below for a PDF of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters initiative to learn how you can help. 


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B79UBnjHPoTkM1BOcXdtdkE0ZFVRRHUzNW1kUF9rYnhMTmJv/view?usp=sharing

            WRWP Awarded Grant to Assess Road/Stream Crossings
 

     WRWP was awarded grant funding this past May under the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) program.   Muskegon Conservation District / White River Watershed Partnership received the grant to conduct assessments of 50 road/stream crossings (RSX) within the North and South Branches and smaller tributaries of the White River in both Oceana and Newaygo counties. 
        RSX conditions have a critical influence on major streams, including fish-passage, habitat connectivity, thermal regime, and erosion/sediment transport.  The Partnership will use the data to identify and prioritize crossings most in need of improvement, especially those on cold-water streams in the watershed's upper reaches, where connectivity, thermal characteristics, substrate texture, and water clarity are critical to spawning and enticing migratory game fish to do what they naturally do.
     We'll present the data to Oceana and Newago County Road Commissions, as well as other potential funding sources, for their assistance in remediating the most critical crossings. Our two-person team has already completed 23 of the assessments, and have discovered at least two crossings that seriously impeded fish passage (see photos below).












 

 

                                                                                                                                                                     
      T
his unusual bridge / dam combination crosses Cushman Creek at Roosevelt Road. 
The stream is forced to cross a concrete spillway which is perched, interfering
with flow, fish migration and passage.  A shallow scour pool lies just beneath
the structure.

 

 





  This perched culvert on Bear Creek runs under 138th Avenue, s
outhwest of Otto Township Hall, in Oceana County.



   







    
In cooperation with the Muskegon Conservation District, volunteers will also enter information into the state-wide data base regarding other road-stream crossing assessments conducted several years ago within the Watershed.  This will provide historical information about RSXs for other groups working to protect Michigan's waterway.
     The Partnership received $3,951 from MiCorps toward the $6,500 total project cost, which required  a 25-percent match by WRWP.
     MiCorps, which has generously funded prior watershed studies, was established to assist  volunteer organizations with water quality assessments, protection, and stewardship of Michigan’s lakes and rivers. These volunteer-dependent monitoring groups further expand the existing network of committed citizens who are working hard to monitor water quality in Michigan.
     

WON'T YOU JOIN US?    
 
     If you support our mission to protect the White River Watershed, please consider
becoming a member or contributing to our Endowment Fund.
     To become a member, click on the link below.
 

                      We Rely On Donations From People Like You

       Our work on behalf of the White River Watershed is made possible in large part by donations from people such as you; those who recognize the importance of protecting our local ecology and safeguarding the health of the watershed for human and aquatic life for generations to come. 
     The Partnership depends on donations to conduct spring and autumn stream monitoring, assessment of Road Stream Cro
ssings, and educate the public about the impact of the changing climate on the Watershed. 
      WRWP has no paid staff, relying entirely on volunteer efforts of those committed to maintaining the health of the watershed.  Please consider making a contribution. Think of it as a gift to your offspring, a chance to pay it forward.  All donations are fully tax-deductible. Log in to access a secure website for either PayPal or credit card donations.   
Make A Donation
     Your donation to the White River Watershed Partnership Endowment Fund, at either Fremont Area Community Foundation or Community Foundation of Muskegon County, helps our all-volunteer organization fund spring and fall macroinvertebrate sampling and educational programs.  Your tax deductible gift can be mailed to:
               
                         FACF                                           CFM
                         4424 W. 48th St.                         4258 W. Western Ave.                         
                         P.O. Box B                                  Suite 200
                         Fremont, MI  49412                   Muskegon , MI  49440
 
  The WRWP Board of Directors invites you to attend our monthly meetings
every fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the
Natural Resources Conservation Service, 940 W. Rex St., in Fremont.
WRWP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair
Ted Stojak
231-893-8945 (h)
231-557-5764 (m)
ted.stojak@gmail.com


Vice-Chair and Grants
Lisa Dutcher  
231-861-5579 (h)
231-720-4578 (m)
lisa_dutcher@hotmail.com


Treasurer/
Public Relations

Dave Cordray
231-894-1408
dscordray@aol.com

Secretary
Anne Pawli 
231-893-3418 (h)
231-736-5495 (m)
anne.pawli@gmail.com

Technical Coordinator
Thomas Tisue
231-421-4408 (h)
630-670-2237 (m)
thomastisue@comcast.n
et
Events Coordinator
Tom Thompson
231-894-4313

Trustee (Middle Watershed)
Raymond Schinler

231-861-4624
raymondschinler@wildblue.net

Trustee (Middle Watershed)
Jim Cordray
231-893-7018
jojimwrc@aol.com

Trustee (Lower Watershed)
Terry Clark
231-893-6805 
dadshideout03@yahoo.com

Trustee (Upper Watershed)
Bill Bowen
231-689-1617
vvbowen@hotmail.com
 
 

 
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Hesperia, MI 49421

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