At the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for everyone living in Northwest Ottawa County by funding initiatives that support a healthy, diverse, inclusive and collaborative community for all. This mission includes prioritizing, protecting and preserving the environment through thoughtful environmental stewardship, advocacy and education.

In our very own region, climate change has exacerbated a range of threats to our beloved Great Lakes – including lowering Michigan’s ice cover, eroding coast lines and increasing extreme rainfall – leading to a higher risk of pollutants entering regional waterways through run-off.

About the writer: Hadley Streng is the president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

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