Seeking Input for Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Plan
| June 29, 2018 | 3:50 pm | News & Events | Comments closed
As part of our work to update the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Plan, we need input from you! Residents, visitors, employees, business owners — your thoughts on our watershed are valued. The online conversation below should take 5 minutes or less. The link will be open from June 29-July 31, 2018.
 
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The Watershed Center Announces Inaugural Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay
| June 28, 2018 | 7:11 pm | News & Events | Comments closed
Contact:
Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
sdifranco@gtbay.org
231.935.1514 ext. 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE WATERSHED CENTER ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL KIDS SWIM FOR GRAND TRAVERSE BAY

HALF-MILE OPEN WATER SWIM AIMED AT YOUTH AGES 12-17

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – June 28, 2018 – The Watershed Center is pleased to announce the inaugural Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay, a fun half-mile point-to-point open water swim aimed at swimmers ages 12-17 on August 10 at 6pm. Registration opens Friday June 29 at 8am at https://runsignup.com/kidsswimforgtbay. The registration fee is $25 per swimmer and $5 per support paddler. Swimmers are required to have parental consent and are encouraged to have a parent or adult serve as their support paddler.

The Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay is a family-friendly companion swim to the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay. It was launched in response to community interest for a fun, yet challenging, youth-oriented swimming event. The half-mile swim will start at West End Beach and end at Volleyball Beach in Traverse City.

“We are really excited to host the Kids Swim as we believe it is important to foster a love of clean water with the next generation,” said Christine Crissman, Executive Director of The Watershed Center. “Our region and state have many competitive youth swimmers, whether they swim at their local YMCA, swim club or with their school district. The Kids Swim will be a fun way to connect a new group of people with the bay we love and work to protect.”

Additional information on the Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay can be found at www.swimforgtbay.org.

 

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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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The Watershed Center to Host Community Meetings on Watershed Protection Plan
| June 15, 2018 | 3:17 pm | News & Events | Comments closed
Contact:
Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
sdifranco@gtbay.org
231.935.1514 ext. 5
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

THE WATERSHED CENTER TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN

MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN ANTRIM, GRAND TRAVERSE, AND LEELANAU COUNTIES

 

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – June 15, 2018 – The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay will host three community meetings to discuss updating The Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Plan with a focus on shoreline communities. The meetings are free and open to all residents, business owners, and visitors.

The meetings will be held:

  • Thursday, June 28: 6-7pm at the Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, 416 Front Street, Suttons Bay
  • Thursday, July 12: 6-7pm at the Woodmere Library’s McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City
  • Thursday, July 19: 6-7pm at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall, 401 River Street, Elk Rapids

“We are excited to be updating this critical watershed document,” said Christine Crissman, executive director of The

Watershed Center. “The current plan was last revised in 2005 and much has changed in the watershed in the last 13 years. From development to the impacts of climate change, we need to take a current look at our water quality conditions and identify opportunities and threats we need to focus on.”

The revised Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Plan will have a stronger focus on shoreline communities in Antrim, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties. The Boardman River and Elk River Chain of Lakes sub-watershed plans are nearing completion and will also be incorporated into the Grand Traverse Bay plan. The Watershed Center staff have been collecting and analyzing water quality data from throughout the watershed as part of their work.

During the community meetings, attendees will hear from The Watershed Center staff about the current plan, progress made thus far in updating it, and have their chance to provide input on the new plan. In addition to the community meetings, The Watershed Center is planning on online form that residents, business owners, and visitors are encouraged to participate in to share their thoughts on watershed priorities and concerns. The form will be available later this summer and will be posted on The Watershed Center’s website and Facebook page.

“Updating the Watershed Protection Plan is important for the overall environmental and economic health of our region,” said David Mengebier, president and CEO of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. “Grand Traverse Bay is a cornerstone to our community and we need to understand the current and future threats to it to ensure we are doing all we can to protect it.”

These updates to the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Plan were made possible by funding from the Community Foundation Land Use & Conservation Planning Endowment, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and individual donations. The final plan is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

 

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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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Labatt USA Partners with Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® to Promote Local Water Stewardship in Michigan This Summer
| June 13, 2018 | 4:18 pm | News & Events | Comments closed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Lauren Christopher
Labatt USA
(716) 796-5940
lauren.christopher@nabreweries.com

 

Labatt USA Partners with Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® to Promote Local Water Stewardship in Michigan This Summer

Investment in local organization serves as part of Labatt USA’s larger partnership with the global Waterkeeper Alliance to
protect and sustain drinkable, fishable and swimmable water

Labatt USA will partner with the Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® to further its efforts to advocate for policies and actions that protect and preserve water quality throughout the Grand Traverse Bay watershed. Labatt USA will make a $10,000 investment to support the Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER®’s efforts, which is part of a larger investment of more than $100,000 with Waterkeepers throughout the Great Lakes region.

The partnership and investments align with Labatt USA’s triple bottom line approach. The beer company prioritizes people, planet and profit, which includes measuring, reducing and mitigating its impact on the environment and society through investments, volunteerism and education.

“Not only is clean water required to make great beer, but it also means recreation on the water. By working to improve our water footprint, we’re also able to impact our communities to help ensure everyone can swim, boat and enjoy our local waterways throughout the summer,” said Lisa Texido, brand manager for the Labatt Family.

“Clean water is vitally important for the Grand Traverse Bay region,” said Heather Smith, Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® at The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. “The health of our water is directly linked to the strength of our local economy. We are grateful for Labatt USA’s leadership and financial investment in protecting this natural resource for a variety of uses.”

About the “Loving Michigan” Retail Program

This summer, Labatt USA will release limited-edition “Loving Michigan” graphic cans of Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light, which feature popular summer water destinations in Michigan including Mackinac Island, Grand Haven State Park, Turnip Rock and Ambassador Bridge. Loving Michigan cans will be available in all locations that sell 24-packs and 15-packs of Labatt Blue or Labatt Blue Light. In-store signage promotes the partnership between Labatt USA and Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER to help raise awareness of the importance of water stewardship.

About Labatt USA

Proudly headquartered in Buffalo, New York, Labatt USA has imported Labatt Blue from Canada since 1951. Today, Labatt Blue is America’s top-selling Canadian beer. Labatt Blue has become the premier Canadian pilsener in the Great Lakes region and expansion markets across the United States. First brewed in Canada in 1847, Labatt continues to carry on the tradition and heritage of the great outdoors. Labatt USA is owned by Rochester-based North American Breweries.

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The Watershed Center Congratulates Elk Rapids for Protecting Clean Water
| June 8, 2018 | 4:39 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

Contact:
Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
sdifranco@gtbay.org
231.935.1514 ext. 5

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

THE WATERSHED CENTER CONGRATULATES ELK RAPIDS FOR PROTECTING CLEAN WATER

VILLAGE PASSED FIRST PAVEMENT SEALANT ORDINANCE IN GRAND TRAVERSE BAY WATERSHED

 

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – June 8, 2018 – The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay congratulates the Village of Elk Rapids for passing the first pavement sealant ordinance in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed and northern Michigan, with strict regulations that protect water quality.

“We applaud Elk Rapids for taking a strong stance to protect our natural, recreational, and economic resources,” said Christine Crissman, executive director of The Watershed Center. “It is clear they value clean water, as this ordinance follows on the heels of the green infrastructure ordinance they passed last year. Their leadership is an asset to our region.”

The ordinance states that scientific studies show asphalt driveway sealers are cause for certain health and environmental concerns. Under this ordinance, the use and sale of pavement sealant products containing greater than 0.1% Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) by weight, including coal tar-based sealers, are prohibited to protect water quality and the health of residents, fish, and other aquatic life. Elk Rapids joins other Michigan communities, including Ann Arbor, which banned the sealant in 2016.

PAHs can contaminate our waterways when rain falls and washes away trace amounts that add up in our creeks, streams, and lakes. PAH particles can also become airborne and travel as dust. Sealants for driveways, parking lots, and playgrounds that do not include PAHs exist in the marketplace and are encouraged as an alternative.

The ordinance will go into effect later this summer.

 

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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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