A recent combing of Grand Haven State Park resulted in the collection of more than 18 truckloads of debris to haul away. Unfortunately, the uprooted trees and cattails are the least of the concerns to those who peruse the beautiful sandy shores that bring so many to our community.
The more significant challenge is dealing with the other unpleasantries that find their way to our community via the Grand River from our friends upstream in Grand Rapids and Lansing.
Environmental experts explain that much improvement has been made over the years; however, recent reports indicate that up to 300 million gallons of Grand Rapids sewage was released into the river, resulting in a “no-contact” advisory, meaning people had to temporarily avoid contact with the river because of the harmful bacteria that could be present.
Not all of the blame should be attributed to inadequate sewage treatment facilities in Grand Rapids. Factories and farm runoff also contributes to the issue.
Regardless of the strides that have been made during the past few decades, we encourage local officials not to let up on the pressure being applied to the communities upstream to continue to do their part in getting the river cleaned up.
Our community relies heavily on the recreational opportunities the local waterways provide. It’s critical that we protect our natural resources and demand that others do so as well.
The economic livelihood of our area depends on it.
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