The Rapidian

Plaster Creek

Rain gardens continue to flourish, transform Plaster Creek area

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 01-24-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

It is the summer of 2014, and rain has begun to fall on a hot July afternoon in West Michigan. One droplet lands on a rooftop in the Alger Heights neighborhood, running down the sloped roof into the gutter and through the downspout onto the driveway...

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Creek friendly yards encourage healthier Grand Rapids watersheds

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 04-26-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Because the way we live on the land affects the quality of our waters, even if we can't see a creek from our house, the way we take care of our yards is imortant. A main focus of Plaster Creek Stewards is to help residents become aware of the...

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Plaster Creek restoration project planned for Dutton Shadyside Park in 2016

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

"We came to Michigan when I was 10 years old, and a little way from my home was Plaster Creek…That stream was my playground during the next six or eight years…my companions [and I knew] the individuality of a great many trees; we...

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Local high school students work to restore their watershed

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Deanna Geehoed and Micah Warners.   The Plaster Creek Green Team is celebrating its third summer of engaging high school students in watershed restoration. The Green Team is an initiative of Plaster Creek Stewards...

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Plaster Creek becomes classroom for urban, rural middle schoolers

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 06-02-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

What do a bunch of urban teenagers and country kids have in common besides braces, tests and parents telling them to look up from their screens? Well, they also share a common watershed. Over the last two semesters two schools have partnered to...

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Superbugs in our watershed?

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 03-24-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by David Warners   Historical Plaster Creek When Plaster Creek was known as Ken-O-Sha ("Water of the Walleye") it followed a meandering course from present day Dutton and Caledonia through wetlands and ravines in Kentwood,...

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Cutting curbs to clean a creek

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 09-23-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Gail Heffner with Dave Warners and Mike Ryskamp   A 2013 study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency found that over half of our nation’s stream miles are in poor condition. Especially in urban areas like Grand...

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Volunteers needed for annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup

by Eric Tank (erictank)

Submitted 09-09-2014 under NEWS

Registration is now open for volunteers for the 11th annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup presented by West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) on Saturday, September 20.  Staging will take place at Sixth Street Park promptly at 9 a...

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Plaster Creek Stewards Summer Green Team to train youth in watershed restoration

by Calvin College (Calvin College)

Submitted 06-03-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Dave Warners and Gail Heffner During the summer of 2013 the Plaster Creek Stewards piloted a summer “Green Team” for urban high school students who either live within or attend school or church within the Plaster Creek...

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Lament for 'Kee-no-shay' Creek

by Gail Heffner (gailheffner)

Submitted 02-25-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Michael Ryskamp and Gail Heffner with research assistance by Kelsey Waterman and Owen Selles   In 1901, botanist Emma Cole published "Grand Rapids Flora," an ambitious endeavor representing years of tromping through natural...

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