Grand River

The Grand River Water Festival happens June 23rd at Riverside Park, ED Bruce Ling to discuss all of the details! 

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The City of Lowell is preparing for what will go down as, what it calls the third highest elevation flood in the town’s history. The Grand River is expected to crest there at 18.6 feet sometime after 7 o’clock Friday evening. WGVU visited Lowell where residents and city officials are taking action.

City of Lowell workers have their orders barricading roads into southeast neighborhoods where the Grand River’s waters are rising to near historic levels. I ask how many barricades are being deployed?

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The National Weather Service says portions of downtown Grand Rapids, Comstock Park and North Park are under the gun as flood waters continue to rise across West Michigan.

It was five years ago when the region experienced what was defined as a 100 year flood. WGVU headed down to the Grand River where forecasters expect this week’s flooding to be nearly as severe as it was in 2013.

Rivers and streams across West Michigan are rising. The snowmelt and three to four inches of rain over a 48 hour period triggered flood warnings across the WGVU listening area.

Grand River north

Officials plan to divide $25,000 into small grants to support local river, stream and creek cleanups in Michigan. The state Department of Environmental Quality and Great Lakes Commission are offering the grants to local governments, which can partner with nonprofit groups or other volunteers to do the work. Local recipients must match at least 25 percent of the funding.

Michigan's Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program is supported by fees from the sale of specialty water quality protection license plates.

River Rally 2017

May 10, 2017

More than 400 water experts are gathering next week in Grand Rapids for the national River Rally 2017 conference. We talk about the details with those involved, Chris Muller of GR Whitewater and Nicole Silk of River Network.

Western Michigan officials say an estimated 2 million gallons of sewage flowed into the Grand River before a hole in an underwater pipe was repaired by divers. Grand Haven/Spring Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Dave Krohn says the leak was capped Tuesday morning, two days after the leak first was discovered by a member of the public and four days after it's believed to have begun. 

The Eco Insider

Sep 8, 2016

The Eco Insider with guests on behalf of WMEAC. Today we hear comments on the upcoming Mayors' Grand River Cleanup with guest Ondrea Spychalsky.

Contractors have begun deconstructing a 160-year-old dam on the Grand River in Lyons.

MLive reports that workers removed the top 2 feet of the 9-foot-high Lyons Dam on Wednesday.

Village president Jack Proctor says two more feet will come down Thursday as it's gradually removed over the next several days.

The dam removal is the culmination of an emergency repair operation that began last month after the west edge of the dam failed and began eroding a bluff where houses stood.

The erosion also threatened the only highway bridge crossing the Grand River.

Officials are offering people another chance to run on a new stretch of highway in western Michigan.

About 300 people participated in October's "M23.1k Run."

The 14.3-mile event on Michigan highway 231 took place before the roadway opened to vehicle traffic.

Last year's run was billed as a one-time event, but organizers say it was so successful they had to bring it back. So registration now is open for the "M23.1k Run & Relay," which takes place Oct. 1.

They say this year's race will be capped at 500 runners.

Grand Rapids City Commission

A multimillion dollar land buy preserves downtown Grand Rapids public riverfront access. 

The $10.1 million land buy is for six parcels to be used as city green space – things like parks, riverfront access and recreation activities.

It also plays a role in larger city blueprints, such as GR Forward.

The land totals 3.68 acres downtown along the Grand River and the west side of Monroe Avenue NW, adjacent to the highway. The land is currently a mix of unused space and parking lots, owned by the city, Kent County and Michigan State University.