Christine Crissman | The Watershed Center | 231.935.1514 ext. 1



TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – May 2, 2018 – The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is pleased to announce Kids Creek Week, seven days of celebrating the cherished stream on Traverse City’s bustling west side. 

“For the past 15 years, we have had the honor of working to restore Kids Creek,” said Christine Crissman, executive director of The Watershed Center. “We established our legacy by investing $5.2 million from 13 sources to improve water quality in Kids Creek. Our ultimate goal is to remove Kids Creek from Michigan’s Impaired Waters list.” The Watershed Center advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and works to protect and preserve its watershed, which includes Kids Creek as it flows into the Boardman River before outletting into the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay.

Kids Creek Week will run Saturday, June 9 through Friday, June 15. Planned events include:

  • Saturday, June 9: Fly Tying 101 with DNR Expert Eric Crissman
  • Sunday, June 10: Watercolor Lessons with The Color of Water and Tinker Studio
  • Monday, June 11: Invasive Species Pull with the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network
  • Tuesday, June 12: Guided Walking Tour Focused on Green Infrastructure
  • Wednesday, June 13: Guided Walking Tour of the Old Buffalo Pasture with the Grand Traverse Conservation District
  • Thursday, June 14: Concert on the Lawn with the Grand Traverse Pavilions
  • Friday, June 15: Sunrise Yoga with Yoga for Health Education

Kids Creek is a vital coldwater trout stream that meanders through multiple neighborhoods and business corridors such as U.S. 31, The Village of Grand Traverse Commons, and West Front Street. Kids Creek also provides habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including blue heron and the treasured brook trout. 

“Kids Creek is on the impaired waters list because of sediment inputs and excess stormwater runoff,” said Greg Goudy, Environmental Quality Analyst for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. “The DEQ has been pleased to fund some of the high-quality work conducted by The Watershed Center over the years to address the water quality issues of Kids Creek. We are hopeful the continued efforts of The Watershed Center and their local partners will ultimately restore the creek’s natural functions and result in the delisting of this important stream.”

The Watershed Center spearheaded the Kids Creek Restoration Project in 2003 and has since seen the following victories:

  • Fully restoring Kids Creek Tributary AA between the Grand Traverse Commons and the Grand Traverse Pavilions;
  • Installing rain gardens along Cottageview Drive, at the State of Michigan Office Building on Eleventh Street, and along Medical Campus Drive;
  •         Building a 3,100-square foot green roof on Munson Medical Center’s NW Tower A and a 3,300-square foot green roof on the Cowell Family Cancer Center; and
  •         Daylighting a 900-foot section of Tributary A that now runs alongside the Cowell Family Cancer Center.

Registration for Kids Creek Week activities may be required; visit to learn about registration and to read more about the past, present, and future of Kids Creek.

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The Watershed Center is a non-profit organization that advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve its 1,000-square mile watershed, which covers portions of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, and Kalkaska counties. Learn more at

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