Great Lakes Day in DC, Beach Cleanup at State Park, River Project in Gladwin

For Friday, March 6, 2020


1 – More than 100 clean water activists from across the Great Lakes region gathered in Washington, D.C., this week. 

They were there to urge Congress to boost investments in Great Lakes restoration, water infrastructure and Asian carp prevention. They also oppose rollbacks to clean water protections by the Trump Administration.

The advocates from the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition included people from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. They met with elected officials on Wednesday and Thursday as part of annual Great Lakes Day activities. 

The coalition says President Trump’s 2020 budget calls for steep cuts to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure along with programs necessary to ensure access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water.

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2 – Spring will be here, officially, on March 19. A beach cleanup is already planned at the Bay City State Park. 

The event is from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, and hosted by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. 

According to a posting on Facebook, this is a citizen scientist project to collect data on debris and trash found on the beach to help provide information to the Alliance for the Great Lakes

The April 19 event is kid and dog friendly. 

Gloves, bags and light snacks will be provided. Participants will meet at the pavilion near the park’s Visitor Center

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3 –
The Gladwin Conservation District has been awarded a grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, based in Bay City. 

This project aims to relocate obstructions along a 10-mile stretch of the Cedar River from the city of Gladwin to the city of Beaverton. 

These obstructions prevent recreation along that stretch of river, which includes one of the only stretches of Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream in the Saginaw Bay watershed.

Other components of the project include reforestation efforts that will use volunteers and students from Beaverton and Gladwin schools. There also will be educational workshops. 

The funds received total $10,000. Gladwin Conservation District is partnering with Little Forks Conservancy of Midland in coordinating various phases.

For more details or if interested in volunteering to help with this project, email Tristan at or call 989-426-9461 ext. 3232.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR (now streaming). Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes


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