Call for Entries for Annual Photography Contest
| September 28, 2017 | 1:00 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

The Watershed Center invites photographers to enter our annual juried photo contest. The contest opens September 27 and submissions are due by 11:59pm November 15, 2017. Photographers will be notified by December 13. Entries should be emailed to Include a high resolution (300 dpi) photo and description of the piece. Entry fee is $10 for up to five photographs; pay online or mail to:
The Watershed Center
13272 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Photographs must be taken in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, or Leelanau counties. Photos may by of any season and must depict the outdoors, such as water scenes, wildlife, or landscapes. Click here for a full prospectus. The top 12 photographs will be featured in Bay Life North magazine’s January/February 2018 issue.

Proceeds support The Watershed Center and our mission to advocate for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and protect and preserve its watershed.

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Thank You Detroit Red Wings and ITC
| September 13, 2017 | 9:10 pm | Community News | Comments closed

We had some very special guests stop by our offices today – players from the Detroit Red Wings and staff from ITC Holdings Corp. as part of their 2017 MI Wings Community Tour!

We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of the community stops. We introduced the players to our staff, board member/Baykeeper Emeritus, and one of our star volunteers, took them on a tug boat tour and showed them aquatic insect specimens.

And they treated us to a custom Red Wings jersey and a generous donation to help us continue advocating for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and it’s watershed.

Thank you Red Wings and ITC!

Baykeeper Heather Smith shows Detroit Red Wings players Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen and Anthony Mantha aquatic insect specimens.


Our executive director Christine Crissman is thrilled to receive a custom Red Wings jersey!


Thank you ITC Holdings Corp. and Detroit Red Wings for selecting us as part of your 2017 MI Wings Community Tour!

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10th Annual Freshwater Summit Planned for Oct. 20
| September 8, 2017 | 1:46 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

Christine Crissman
The Watershed Center
231.935.1514 ext. 1




TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – September 8, 2017 – The Freshwater Roundtable is proud to announce the 10th Annual Freshwater Summit. The Summit will be held on Friday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College.

“We’re celebrating ten years of freshwater education right here in our community,” said Christine Crissman, executive director of The Watershed Center. “We have a strong speaker bench with a range of topics facing our Great Lakes.”

Presentations include meteotsunami’s in the Great Lakes, the Boardman River FishPass project, swimmer’s itch, and a lightening session featuring eight-minute talks on local research and restoration projects, including an update on this summer’s green infrastructure installations on Kids Creek in Traverse City.

“It’s great to see so many environmental organizations and shareholders continuing to come together to share information with colleagues and residents,” said Dennis McCauley, president of the Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc., one of the sponsors of the Freshwater Summit. “We feel it’s valuable to not just talk within our same circle of professionals, but to invite others to hear about water issues and monitoring efforts in our region.”

Registration is available online. Cost is $35/person or $15/student, and includes lunch.

The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable and is organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc., Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, and the Grand Traverse Conservation District.


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Join us for an Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup on Sept. 16
| August 29, 2017 | 3:40 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

Join The Watershed Center and BOB FM for an Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 16 from 9-11am at Traverse City State Park.

Help us celebrate the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. You’ll be one of the nearly one million volunteers cleaning beaches across the globe this September. We’ll bring all supplies. The event is free to join and will include lunch afterward, courtesy of BOB FM. Please register online here

Rather clean up a beach on East Bay? Join FLOW at Bryant Park at 9am on September 16. 


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The Watershed Center to Participate in SwingShift and the Stars 2017
| August 17, 2017 | 11:51 pm | Community News | Comments closed

The Watershed Center is honored to participate in SwingShift and The Stars and their Million Dollar Challenge this season. We will participate in the Friday, November 17 event at The City Opera House in downtown Traverse City.

We set an ambitious goal to raise $45,000, all of which will help our mission of protecting and advocating for Grand Traverse Bay. Our work is more important than ever as our freshwater resources are at risk.

To continue to thrive and keep Grand Traverse Bay’s waters fishable, swimmable, and drinkable, we need support from people like you. In a time where the future of environmental priorities is unknown, it is critical to work at a local level. Your support makes difference. 

Learn more here. 

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