The White Pine Award honors extraordinary environmental efforts in Michigan, and it was given to Kent and her students for their work on a stream restoration project.
In 2010, Kent and her students — who call themselves Fruitport Team Eco — identified a local stream that ran through school property and was polluting nearby Spring Lake, which drains into Lake Michigan. They developed a plan to build a rain garden at school to reduce stormwater runoff, and to work in a larger geographic area to monitor water quality, assess septic seepage, work with property owners to restore a length of stream and educate citizens about water resources.
Fruitport Team Eco will be working with representatives from Grand Valley State University, the Muskegon Conservation District and other local officials to write a management plan for these tributaries.
Read more of this story in Saturday's (April 9, 2011) print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.