From organized clean-up efforts to educational outreach, the Tri-Cities area has responded to the environmental need.
“The health of our natural resources is directly connected to our quality of life,” Grand Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau director Marci Cisneros said.
Cisneros is one of many people who are concerned about the river’s ecosystem.
“This is why it is so important to adopt a stewardship-type approach and take a more active role in keeping the Grand River watershed a healthy functioning ecosystem,” she said.
The Grand River Green Up, scheduled for June 1 this year, is the largest and most successful grassroots event of its kind.
“It has made a big difference in removing thousands of pounds trash and recyclable items each year,” Cisneros said.
Elaine Sterrett Isely, a director with the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, said her group and others, such as Clean-up Our River Environment (C.O.R.E.), aid in improving the river environment.
“They’ve done a lot of work in the last several years looking at pharmaceutical collection,” she said.
Kaye Nedderman, president of C.O.R.E., said that collecting unused prescriptions is a necessary effort.
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