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Grand Traverse Baykeeper®

Serving as the Eyes, Ears, and Voice of the Natural Wonder that is Grand Traverse Bay

Grand Traverse Bay’s deep aquamarine hues epitomize the region’s beauty and provide the lifeblood for our local economy. The Watershed Center protects this precious resource by advocating, educating, monitoring, and patrolling Grand Traverse Bay and its watershed. The Baykeeper is a resource to citizens, planners, and municipalities concerning water quality. We take pride and responsibility in serving as the eyes, ears, and voice for the Grand Traverse Bay watershed.

Since 2002, The Watershed Center has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water. Together, over 300 Waterkeepers patrol and protect more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways on six continents. Waterkeepers across the globe are united in our shared vision of swimmable, fishable, and drinkable water for all.


We Advocate: The Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® serves as the voice for the bay by speaking on its behalf. The Baykeeper advocates for policies and actions that protect and preserve water quality throughout the four-county watershed. Join our efforts and help amplify our voice. Sign up to become a Watershed Warrior.



We Educate: We focus our education efforts on informing citizens, local government officials, and developers about threats to local water quality.  These efforts are based on the latest science, technology, and innovation aimed at making our community more resilient.



We Monitor:  We monitor area waterways so as new threats to water quality emerge, our Baykeeper can respond as appropriate.  We also train and deploy volunteers throughout the watershed to help gather crucial baseline data on shorelines, streams, and rivers.



We Patrol: The Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® responds to citizens’ concerns about water quality. If you observe any threats, potential violations, or have questions about something you have observed in the bay or its watershed, please call us at 231.935.1514 x3 or complete this form.

To report observations of immediate threats such as spills of hazardous wastes or toxic materials onto the ground or in the water, please call the 24-hour emergency dispatcher at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Pollution Alert System at 1.800.662.9278.


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