On The Water

Flint River Clean-up

This past Saturday, October 12th On the Water which is funded by Consumer Energy and the U of M Flint’s Wildlife Club partnered to clean up the Flint River on the U of M Flint campus. Three volunteers braved the chilly temperatures to come to help out their local river. In two short hours, 100lbs…

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Another successful event for On the Water!

This past Saturday On the Water which is funded by Consumers Energy teamed up with the City of Charlotte, and Eaton Conservation District for the 16th Annual Charlotte River Conservation Day. Over 35 volunteers came out to clean up their local river and to help maintain the rain garden. Between 150 and 200lbs of trash…

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OTW: 16th Annual Charlotte River Conservation Day

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The small town of Charlotte is located in the Battle Creek Watershed, this watershed covers 196,750 acres/307 square miles in northern Calhoun, southeastern Barry, and southern Eaton counties. Land use consists primarily of agriculture followed with forestland, wetland, and urban/rural/non-farm. Since the main land use is agriculture non-point source population is the main concern in…

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Checking in on our AmeriCorps Member

Only 38 days left of my service term with Huron Pines AmeriCorps as MUCC’s Engagement Specialist. MUCC never fails to keep me involved, as I have been to six events over the last 14 days. I was as far north as Gratiot/Saginaw county to the Ohio border at Lake Hudson. Here is a recap of…

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Stewardship Day at Shiawassee River State Game Area this weekend

There are 63 major watersheds and 267 sub watersheds in the state of Michigan. The Shiawassee River watershed is a sub-watershed of the Saginaw Bay Basin. It is located in central Michigan southwest of Saginaw. It connects with several other river systems, including the Flint River, Cass River and Titabawassee River and flows northeast into…

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OTW event updates from around the state

The On the Water, program funded by Consumers Energy Foundation has been quite busy lately! On Saturday, September 7th ten volunteers came out to Lake Lansing Park South to help clean up the beach and the surrounding areas after labor day activities. In total 5 bags of trash and recyclables were picked up which came…

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Lake Lansing Beach Clean-up happening this Saturday!

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The average United States resident creates over 4 pounds of trash per day and up to 56 tons of trash per year. That means Americans makeup roughly 5% of the world’s population but generate nearly 40% of the world’s total waste. When it comes to our beaches trash is not only unsightly it harms the…

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On the Water Updates

  On Saturday, August 24th  MUCC’s On the Water program(OTW) sponsored and funded by a Planet Award through the Consumer’s Energy Foundation teamed up with Three Shores CISMA to complete a successful invasive species pull. Starting at 9 am 15 volunteers showed up at Munuscong State Forest Campground to pull invasive European Frogbit from the…

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European Frogbit in our local waters

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Invasive species are organisms such as plants, mammals and invertebrates that are not originally from the location that they are found in. That species usually has no natural predators it can cause negative impacts on that ecosystem, economic, social and/or become a public health threat. An example of this is European Frogbit, this aquatic plant…

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Why do we need watersheds?

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A watershed is the land area that channels all of the water like rainfall and snowmelt into the creeks and the streams, slowly making its way into outflow points like lakes and oceans. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes some are huge like the Nile and some are small. One of the biggest watersheds…

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