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Open Water Swim Events in Grand Traverse Bay Seeking Volunteers
| July 22, 2019 | 6:25 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OPEN WATER SWIM EVENTS IN GRAND TRAVERSE BAY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

HALF-MILE KIDS SWIM SET FOR AUGUST 9; 2-MILE SWIM SET FOR AUGUST 10

 

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – July 22, 2019 – Celebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with the Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay on Friday, August 9 and the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, August 10. Both events benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and you can get involved by participating or volunteering.

Registrations for the fourth annual Swim for Grand Traverse Bay and the second annual Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay are currently open and will remain open until the races begin. Packet pick-up for the Kids Swim will be Friday, August 9 from 3-5:30 p.m. at West End Beach. Packet pick-up for the Swim will be on Friday, August 9 from 3-7 p.m at Volleyball Beach. 

“The Swim for Grand Traverse Bay events are great because it gets community members into the water we work to protect,” said Christine Crissman, Executive Director of The Watershed Center. “Our hope is that the spirit of the event and the experience of swimming in the bay will show people the importance of fishable, drinkable, swimmable water and inspire new advocates for our efforts.”

These events would not be possible without the work of volunteers. “If you take pride in our water and want to help us put on a fun and successful event, consider donating your time,” said Crissman.

Volunteers will be treated to a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 10. Interested parties can sign up online. Volunteer opportunities include:

    • Safety Squad: Serving on the safety squad is a great opportunity for an experienced open water paddler (kayak, SUP, or surf ski). Volunteers will monitor the field of swimmers and individual support kayakers, assist with swimmer counts along the course, and create additional visibility in the bay. Mandatory safety briefings will be held before each event.
    • General Volunteers: A small crew is needed to help with pre-race set up and organization, packet pickup, and event clean-up.

 

  • Photographers: Individuals with photography skills are needed to take photos at the events. We ask that you use your own camera and spend a few hours at the event. Images will be published online and in print, for public relations and in fundraising materials, but not for profit. 
  • Buoy Set Up & Retrieval: Help set & retrieve the course buoys on Friday, August 9 and on Saturday, August 10. Equipment and coordinates are set, and we just need a boat and the expertise to get them in the water. 

 

In addition to these volunteer opportunities, The Watershed Center is also in need of certified lifeguards for both events to ensure the safety of our swimmers and support paddlers. Certified lifeguards will receive $50 per event and a free ticket to the pancake breakfast on August 10. Help support our swimmers and clean water in the Grand Traverse Bay. 

For more information, visit www.swimforgtbay.com.

 

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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.

Registration Now Open for the Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay
| June 5, 2019 | 5:30 pm | News & Events, Point of (Water) View Blog | Comments closed

May 31, 2019
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 Tomorrow for Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay


Traverse City, Michigan −
Celebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with a fun half-mile point-to-point open water swim aimed at swimmers ages 12-17 on Friday, August 9 at 6pm. Registration for the second annual Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 1 at 8am EDT at www.swimforgtbay.com.

 

What:              Registration opens on Saturday, June 1 for the second annual Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay. Registration fee is $25 per swimmer; unlike the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay, the Kids Swim does not have a fundraising component.
When:             Registration opens Saturday, June 1 at 8am EDT for the Kids Swim, which will take place on Friday, August 9 at 6pm.
Where:            Registration is available at www.swimforgtbay.com
Who:               Youth swimmers looking for a fun event with their teammates and friends
Why:               The Kids Swim is a family-friendly companion event to the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay and was launched in response to community interest. The Kids Swim is hosted by 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.

Registration Opens Today for 2019 Swim for Grand Traverse Bay
| May 1, 2019 | 12:21 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

May 1, 2019
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 2019 Swim for Grand Traverse Bay

Traverse City, Michigan − Celebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with a 2-mile point-to-point open water swim on Saturday, August 10 to benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. Registration for the fourth annual Swim for Grand Traverse Bay opens today, Wednesday, May 1 at 8am EDT at www.swimforgtbay.com. There will be a separate media advisory with details on registration for the Kids Swim for Grand Traverse Bay.

What:              Registration opens on Wednesday, May 1 for the fourth 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 Wednesday, May 1 at 8am EDT for the Swim, which will take place on Saturday, August 10.

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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The Watershed Center to Host Community Forum on PFAS
| April 5, 2019 | 6:55 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 FORUM ON PFAS
FREE EVENT PLANNED FOR THURSDAY, MAY 9

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – April 5, 2019 – The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is hosting a free community forum where residents, business owners, and community members can hear from public health experts, environmental specialists, and leaders who are working to protect our drinking water from PFAS, a group of chemicals increasingly being found in water supplies throughout the state. The event will be held on Thursday, May 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Middle School, 3950 W. Silver Lake Road in Traverse City.

The forum will feature Steve Sliver, Executive Director of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, and local experts on PFAS in our region.

“PFAS are an emerging threat to drinking water everywhere, including in our watershed,” said Christine Crissman, Executive Director of The Watershed Center. “The more we learn about the topic, the more concerned we are. Michigan has recently completed a testing effort and will soon be setting drinking water standards for the state.”

The forum will include presentations followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session with the audience. Morgan Springer, News Director at Interlochen Public Radio, will moderate the event.

The forum is sponsored in part by Global Remediation Technologies, Inc. and Great Lakes Environmental Center. The community forum is not sponsored by Traverse City Area Public Schools.

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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.

Healthy Beaches Program Concludes for 2018 Season
| October 15, 2018 | 5:36 pm | News & Events | Comments closed

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HEALTHY BEACHES PROGRAM CONCLUDES FOR 2018 SEASON

SAMPLES WERE WITHIN WATER QUALITY STANDARDS 96% OF THE SUMMER

 

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – October 15, 2018 – The Watershed Center’s Healthy Beaches program, which monitors Great Lakes and inland beaches for E. coli bacteria, has concluded its 2018 season.

“All in all, we had a spectacular season for our Healthy Beaches program,” said Sarah U’Ren, program director at The Watershed Center. “We saw 12 beach advisories on five different days this summer that were mainly due to strong storms with heavy rainfall moving through the area. This means that 96% of the samples taken were well within water quality standards.”

The Healthy Beaches program included taking samples from 32 beaches during the thirteen week season. The longest advisory was for Sunset Park beach in Traverse City and lasted for two days in early August.

“We had a very wet August,” said U’Ren. “With rainstorms, we usually expect to have some advisories posted at beaches located next to storm drains.  This is because the rain washes pollutants like oils, trash, and bacteria off the roadways and parking lots into the storm drains and out into the bay.” Sunshine kills the bacteria and nearly all beach advisories are lifted the following day after being re-tested.

Funding for the Healthy Beaches program comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency BEACH Act Funds as well as the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Michigan Initiative, the City of Traverse City, and Acme Township.

 

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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.