• Macatawa Area Coordinating Council's May e-News

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    May 30, 2019
    MACC Monthly e-News 
    Click here to view this newsletter on our website. 
    Green Commute Week 2019: Results 
    Another successful year
    Our community pulled off another successful Green Commute Week! With the help of nearly 500 people in the Holland/Zeeland area, 66% of whom this was their first time participating, the twelfth annual event encouraging alternative transportation amassed over 16,600 miles in just five days! Thank you and congratulations to all who participated!
    Macroinvertebrate Monitoring
    Aquatic bugs help us learn about stream health
    Mara Gericke (left) and Ali Townsend (right) sorting the collection from South Branch.

    On Monday, May 20, staff and interns from the MACC and Outdoor Discovery Center braved a cool, windy morning to collect aquatic bugs from several area streams. We do this twice a year, spring and fall, and volunteers are always welcome. The types and numbers of aquatic bugs that that we find are used to calculate a stream health score. This gives us a general sense of how our streams are doing, but not what specific pollutants might be impacting our streams. It is a fun, cost-effective way to estimate stream health and help us know where to focus additional monitoring efforts.
    Below is a graph that shows average stream quality scores by stream since the program began in 2012. Most of our sites fall into the fair category. At this point, we do not have enough data to see any trends of improving or declining stream health. The MACC intends to continue this monitoring effort indefinitely. If you are interested in volunteering for future monitoring events, send an email to kgoward@the-macc.org to be added to our volunteer list.
    2019 Macatawa Water Festival
    We hope you can join us!

    Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Numerous openings are available to help guests with activities and games, assist with parking, work in the fruit tent, and much more.


    Kelly Goward, Watershed Coordinator
    (616) 395-2688

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