The Macatawa River in western Michigan flows into Lake Macatawa and is part of the Lake Michigan watershed. The area is prone to flash floods that cause erosion and sedimentation. Much of the sediment introduced into the water system is also high in phosphorous, due to the use of fertilizers and other chemicals. Thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and a conservation easement from a local business, the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department is addressing these issues—and creating a new public green space while they’re at it. Read more here.
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