Swim for GT Bay Video
| May 7, 2018 | 3:13 pm | News & Events | Comments closed
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Announcing Kids Creek Week
| May 2, 2018 | 2:40 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

Contact:
Christine Crissman | The Watershed Center 
ccrissman@gtbay.org | 231.935.1514 ext. 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KIDS CREEK WEEK ANNOUNCED
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF RESTORATION ON TRAVERSE CITY STREAM

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 www.gtbay.org/kidscreek 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 
www.gtbay.org.

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Registration Open for the 2018 Swim for Grand Traverse Bay
| May 1, 2018 | 1:25 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

MEDIA ADVISORY
May 1, 2018
Contact:
Shelli DiFranco, Director of Community Engagement,
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay
231-935-1514 ext 5
sdifranco@gtbay.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Registration Opens Today for Swim for Grand Traverse Bay

Traverse City, Michigan − May 1, 2018 − Celebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with a 2-mile point-to-point open water swim on Saturday, August 11 to benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. Registration for the third annual Swim for Grand Traverse Bay opens today, Tuesday, May 1 at 8am EDT at www.swimforgtbay.com.

What: Registration opens on Tuesday, May 1 for the third annual Swim for Grand Traverse Bay, benefitting The Watershed Center. Registration fee is $45 per swimmer; please note that swimmers are expected to meet or exceed a fundraising requirement of $150.

When: Registration opens Tuesday, May 1 at 8am EDT for the Swim, which will take place on Saturday, August 11.

Where: Registration is available at www.swimforgtbay.com

Who: Swimmers looking for a timed event, triathletes wanting to practice in open water, recreational swimmers wanting to set a personal goal, or anyone passionate about clean water and wanting to make a difference at the local level are encouraged to participate.

Why:  The Swim for Grand Traverse Bay benefits The Watershed Center, a nonprofit organization based in Traverse City, Michigan that advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve the Bay’s 1,000 square mile watershed.

For more information, visit www.swimforgtbay.com.

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Northport Green Infrastructure Project Underway
| April 30, 2018 | 2:16 pm | News & Events | Comments closed
Contact:
Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
sdifranco@gtbay.org
231.935.1514 ext. 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTHPORT GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT UNDERWAY
VILLAGE OF NORTHPORT COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MAY 3

NORTHPORT, Michigan – April 30, 2018 – Construction began last week on a green infrastructure project that will improve the quality of stormwater runoff along Nagonaba Street in the Village of Northport. This nearly half a million dollar project is expected to be completed by June 30. Planned improvements include adding underground infiltration in front of the Village office and having tree boxes line the street east of Mill Street as it heads towards the marina.

“All of our watershed deserves swimmable and fishable water,” said Sarah U’Ren, Program Director at The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. “We received a grant from the Environmental Project Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program to address water quality issues and improve stormwater runoff along Nagonaba Street using green infrastructure techniques. These enhancements will mean less street flooding and we estimate that nearly two million gallons of polluted stormwater runoff will be prevented from entering the bay each year.”

This project has been years in the making and Northport officials were able to secure additional funding for streetscaping elements as well as improvements to their 1930s-era water main to coincide with the green infrastructure project.

“It made sense from an economic and community perspective to look at this construction project as an opportunity to beautify Northport by adding streetscaping,” said Barb von Voigtlander, Village of Northport administrator. “This decision helped save time and headache for residents and visitors by only having one construction period rather than two.”

U’Ren and the Village of Northport will host a community question and answer session about this infrastructure project on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. before the Council’s regular monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Northport Village Hall, 116 Nagonaba Street.

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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 www.gtbay.org.

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2017 Annual Impact Report
| March 29, 2018 | 5:49 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is pleased to share it’s 2017 Annual Impact Report. You can view and download the report here. 

This version reflects updated financial information from what our donors received in their printed versions.

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