Overview of Grand Traverse Baykeeper® program
The Watershed Center is the only organization that advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay. The cornerstone of this advocacy program is the Grand Traverse Baykeeper® program, which began in 2002 when The Watershed Center became a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance®, a non-profit organization representing over 240 Waterkeepers on six continents to protect citizen’s rights to clean water.
Part educator, part scientist and part policy specialist, our Baykeeper combines firsthand knowledge of the Grand Traverse Bay watershed with an unwavering commitment to advocate for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and protect and preserve its watershed.
The Baykeeper is an essential position within the organization and represents The Watershed
Center during community planning projects, serves as a resource concerning water quality decisions and provides educational and outreach programs. Whether s/he is responding to citizen concerns, patrolling Grand Traverse Bay and its watershed, preparing technical and advocacy position papers, reviewing water quality permits, educating young people, overseeing the Adopt-A-Stream program or maintaining and operating the Bay Monitor tugboat, the Baykeeper speaks for Grand Traverse Bay.
Support The Grand Traverse Baykeeper®
A gift in support of the Baykeeper program will ensure The Watershed Center has the resources to address water quality issues at the local and legislative levels, respond to citizen concerns and advise them on water quality issues and be a trustworthy voice for clean water during planning and development. This work will help ensure the region’s economic viability and quality of life for future generations.
Make a gift today online or call 231.935.1514 ext. 1.